Airport 24/7: Air Force One Pictures

Law enforcement and MIA staffers ratchet up security for the arrival of Air Force One. No one is certain when the US president will arrive, but when he does the airfield will go into lockdown.

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Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Operations control room agent, Darius Bradshaw, waits for a response after paging a passenger that has dropped off a ticking bag. 960 1280

  

Salvador Flores

Salvador Flores

Customs and Border Protection officer Salvador Flores explains that all operations near the ticking bag have been shut down. Flights cannot leave and no one is allowed in the area. 960 1280

  

Fire Rescue Truck

Fire Rescue Truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck approaches the ticking bag perimeter on the airfield. 960 1280

Switch Blade Posse  

Bomb Squad

Bomb Squad

A member of the Miami-Dade Police bomb squad prepares to carefully investigate a ticking device located inside a passenger's bag. 960 1280

  

K-9 Unit

K-9 Unit

Miami-Dade Police bring in the K-9 unit to sweep the remaining bags for any potential explosives. 960 1280

  

Tony Cooper

Tony Cooper

Terminal operations senior agent, Tony Cooper, describes how calms passengers down who are concerned about what has caused an evacuation to a section of the terminal. 960 1280

  

Clearing the Luggage

Clearing the Luggage

Explosive detection police K-9s use their keen sense of smell to sweep and clear all luggage onboard the flight carrying a ticking bag. 960 1280

  

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover

Although the K-9 sweep cleared the rest of the bags of any explosives, Lauren Stover stays in contact with the police to find out what is in the bag, as well as what the passenger's intentions are. 960 1280

  

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt

Deputy director, Ken Pyatt, describes how the ticking bag incident is delaying flight departures from this section of the airfield. 960 1280

  

Steven Eisman

Steven Eisman

A passenger hands Customs and Border Protection supervisor, Steven Eisman, a bag containing chunks of wood from a 5,000-year-old tree. A Customs and Border Protection Agricultural Specialist will inspect the wood for pests. 960 1280

  

Explosive Device

Explosive Device

What appears to be a cuddly teddy bear is, in fact, an improvised explosive device used in a TSA demonstration to show how terrorists can conceal threatening weapons. 960 1280

  

Daniel Tabares

Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor, Daniel Tabares, describes the Richard Reid shoe-bombing incident. Richard Reid was an Englishman who attempted to detonate explosives packed into his shoes on a flight to Miami. 960 1280

  

The Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis

The Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis

The Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis, radios to the Information Counter that she is going to check the Lost and Found for a British couple's missing luggage. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw keeps his radio close at hand

Darius Bradshaw keeps his radio close at hand

Darius Bradshaw keeps his radio close at hand so he can communicate the latest details on the whereabouts of the baggage thief to the terminal operations agents as he checks the security cameras at the airport. 960 1280

  

Dickie ventures through lost and found

Dickie ventures through lost and found

Dickie ventures through a cascade of items hoping to uncover the British couple's missing baggage, after Ernie informs her that the checkered suitcase she is looking for is not in the system. 960 1280

  

MIA's baggage belt system is 10 miles long

MIA's baggage belt system is 10 miles long

MIA's baggage belt system is 10 miles long and processes roughly 3,800 bags per hour. It takes a lot of manpower to haul 100,000 passengers-worth of belongings to and from airplanes every day -- the ramp crews must make every minute count so flights aren't delayed! 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room

Operations Control Room

The Operations Control room is the nerve center of Miami International Airport. When Darius Bradshaw spots a suspicious individual lurking around the baggage carousels at MIA, he radios the terminal operations agents to investigate. 960 1280

  

Lost and Found at MIA

Lost and Found at MIA

Dickie Davis is awestruck at some of the items that passengers leave behind while traveling through MIA. Ernie Alonso shows off a NFL football signed by a player -- not one of the strangest but one surely missed by its owner. 960 1280

  

Lauren sweeps the airfield

Lauren sweeps the airfield

Lauren sweeps the airfield while the Miami-Dade Police Department sets up for their luggage sting. With the K9 units ready to deploy, no baggage thief is going to escape from MIA with a passenger's personal belongings tonight! 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper talks about some of his craziest experiences from his 38 years working at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Dickie calls the Information Counter

Dickie calls the Information Counter

After visiting Lost and Found, Dickie calls the Information Counter to let them know that the British couple's lost luggage was not turned in. The airline issues the couple a voucher to cover the cost of their missing belongings. 960 1280

  

Sunset over the airfield

Sunset over the airfield

Jacqueline and Clinton return home to London without their belongings, but they are promised a $315 voucher for the wrongdoings of the luggage thief. Security never sleeps at MIA -- even during this beautiful sunset reflecting over the airfield. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis

Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis

Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis discuss the tactics involved in the undercover operation to catch thieves at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares keeps his eye out for any unusual activity at the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

MIA's security checkpoint

MIA's security checkpoint

An MIA passenger is thankful that Daniel Tabares is able to locate his watch that was left behind at the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue gives crew members instructions as they respond to a claustrophobic woman who is stuck in an elevator in the terminal. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw is concerned for the safety of an airport employee stuck inside an elevator. 960 1280

  

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department explains that if you find an item and don't turn it in, it’s considered a theft. 960 1280

  

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager, Darrell Brooks, reviews security footage of a man they have identified as the thief who took a tablet computer from the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso describes the strange items that passengers have lost at the airport. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian explains the dangers of extracting a woman from the top-hatch of an elevator since there are many moving parts involved. He shuts off the power to the elevator to prevent any fatal accidents. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz uses a special key to unlock the elevator door to rescue the airport employee trapped inside. 960 1280

  

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler reminds a passenger to check that he has all his belongings before leaving the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

TSA security checkpoint

TSA security checkpoint

Sharp objects, like this box of razor blades, are not allowed through TSA security checkpoints. 960 1280

  

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis is notified of an airport employee trapped inside an elevator. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares points out a suspiciously shaped object on the scanner. 960 1280

  

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