Just watched CNN, ill paraphrase: Air traffic controllers (ATCs) might possibly finally get what they have been asking for since 1990. The ability to track aircraft on the ground at their airport, in real time. Just in the same way the radar screen etc that ATCs look at all day, just not at 1000-40000 feet, instead at 0 feet. So basically youll have a screen that looks like a map of all the tarmac/runways/gates etc. With little blips for each "active", which I guess means either pulled away from a gate or turned "on" in some sense, aircraft. Each blip tells you the carrier/tail#/flight# etc of the plane. Without this, its up to each aircraft/pilot and the ATCs to make sure no one is taking off with someone landing, etc etc. One would think that this kind of thing is in place already, but no, its big towers, glass windows and binoculars with maybe some computerization. What struck me as so odd is that this is like common sense, especially when we have the ability to track the same info IN THE AIR, yet not 1/4 mile in front of us. Just had to tell you something Im sure you assumed ATCs and pilots had access to. But they dont. CNN was remarking on the fact that a couple of airports are testing these kinds of systems, but nothing is approved and even when approved the NTSB has yet to say whether it will ever get federal funding for every airport. LOL.