Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Aviation Director William DeCota said the system could easily encompass all three major regional airports _ LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy and Newark.
He said the system is already slated to be deployed at Kennedy airport. The system beeps when birds fly near a jet, allowing air traffic controllers to warn pilots.
Flight 1549 departed from LaGuardia on Jan. 15 before a collision with birds knocked out both engines. The pilot ditched the plane in the river. All 155 aboard survived.
The National Transportation Safety Board discovered a feather on one of the plane's wings.