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What is Foreign Object Debris (FOD)?

January 17, 2024
Screws on airport runway

FOD is any object, live or not, located in an inappropriate location in the airport environment that has the capacity to injure airport or air carrier personnel and damage aircraft. Common examples include stones, nuts, bolts, trash and even birds.

The presence of FOD is a continuing concern at airports. FOD creates safety hazards and can ultimately impact safe operations by damaging aircraft. Airports, Airlines, and the General Aviation community have taken the necessary steps to minimize FOD by engaging in successful FOD management programs.

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