LAX Gets New FAA Runway Safety Warning System

LAX is third U.S. airport to run Runway Status Lights

LAX International Terminal // (c) LAWA

LAX International Terminal

Los Angeles International Airport has recently started running technology that will alert pilots to potential runway safety hazards. The system, called Runway Status Lights, uses a series of red lights embedded in the pavement to warn pilots if it's unsafe to enter or cross a runway, or to take off.

The technology, made possible between the City of Los Angeles and the Federal Aviation Administration, cost $7 million to install. LAX is the third U.S. airport to get Runway Status Lights following several years of successful tests at Dallas-Fort Worth and San Diego and it's the first airport to have the lights installed on multiple runways.

"With the installation of Runway Status Lights, LAX has established itself ahead of the curve when it comes to passenger safety," said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. "Through partnership with the FAA, Los Angeles will continue to ensure the utmost safety on the LAX airfield."