Get to know the crew from Travel Channel’s new series, Airport 24/7: Miami. The all-new series takes flight on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 9|8c.
Meet the crew from Miami International Airport (L-R): Albert, Heidi, Dickie, Ken, Lauren, Ericka, Darius, Stretch and Tony.
Ramp duty manager Albert Cordeschi (“Ramp Ringleader”) poses on the runway underneath an airplane.
A colorful avenue of flags greets travelers at the front entrance of Miami International Airport (MIA). Among the 100,000 passengers who will arrive and depart this day is the president of the United States.
Terminal security agent Ericka Middleton (“The Charmer”) poses in the main concourse.
A TSA explosive detection K9 team sweeps cargo, checking for any potential threats. With over 2 million tons of cargo passing through MIA each year, it is vital that every single pallet be swept. The K9 will sit to alert the TSA agent if it has detected the scent of explosives.
Director of terminal operations Dickie Davis (“First Lady of MIA”) radios the airport’s information counter that she will check lost and found for a British couple's luggage.
Terminal operations senior agent Tony Cooper (“The Mayor”) poses by the escalator in his golf cart.
Kevin Kennedy with US Customs and Border Protection inspects luggage arriving from Cuba for hidden contraband. These bags have been run through an X-ray scanner that reveals shapes on the screen that have been flagged for further inspection.
The lost and found is overflowing with unclaimed items, from cash to luggage to laptops. These items are safely stored at MIA for 60 days. After that, items still left unclaimed are given to Goodwill.
Deputy director of operations Ken Pyatt (“The Boss”) poses by the moving walkway.
Miami-Dade County motorcycle officer Stretch Rutledge (“MIA’s Gentle Giant”) poses on his motorcycle by the departures drop-off at MIA.
Terminal operations senior agent Heidi Anthony (“Your Princess in Shining Armor”) listens intently to the ticket agent discuss problems that the airline is experiencing with getting all passengers checked in for a French flight.
Terminal operations control room agent Darius Bradshaw (“Mr. Cool”) intently watches the monitors to see what's going on in the terminal.
Director of security Lauren Stover (“Supreme Queen of Security”) is relieved at the outcome of the penalty-box scare and explains why security is so important. You can never be too careful when you are dealing with safety and human lives, she says.
A wide-angled shot of the airfield at MIA.
TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares performs a second screening of a carry-on item, checking for prohibited items like liquids, gels and aerosols over 3.4 ounces.