San Francisco Airport has gone live with a system in which
it can send text messages to the phones of people within the airport premises
in the event of an emergency.
It is the first U.S. airport to receive approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for such a
program, airport spokesman Doug
An alert will be sent during events that require critical
and potentially life-saving information to be disseminated immediately, Yakel
said, with texts being accompanied by an audible alert.
They'll be received by mobile phones on which the owners
have enabled "Emergency Alerts" under the "Government Alerts"
section in their phone settings.