Philly airport gets green light on traffic lights

July 14, 2008 6:06:29 PM PDT
The Federal Aviation Administration Monday announced measures to improve runway safety for taxiing aircraft. The list includes the installation at major airports of lights that signal pilots when a runway is safe to enter.

The runway safety project involves lighting systems to be installed at Philadelphia International Airport and 18 other airports over the next three years.

The lights change color to signal when a runway is safe to enter or cross.

The system of warning lights has been tested at the Dallas-Fort Worth and San Diego airports.

Similar systems will be installed at: Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport, Atlanta, Baltimore-Washington, Boston, Charlotte, North Carolina, Chicago-O'Hare, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, JFK, LaGuardia, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Newark, Orlando, Seattle and Washington-Dulles.