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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David Rios
David Rios

David Rios

Customs and Border Protection officer David Rios and his K9 partner search thousands of bags daily at international baggage claim. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw alerts all units that an evacuation is in progress due to a bomb threat. 960 1280

  

The B-Word

The B-Word

After a passenger mentions the “b-word,” Terminal Operations senior agent Heidi Anthony explains that the police will be called, and you will have to answer lots of questions if you say the word "bomb" at the airport. 960 1280

  

Monica Wilsher

Monica Wilsher

Flying Food Group general manager Monica Wilsher shows what a special-ordered meal looks like. 960 1280

  

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover

Security director Lauren Stover advises that you keep the word "bomb" out of your vocabulary at the airport. 960 1280

  

Ricardo Cutino

Ricardo Cutino

Customs and Border Protection officer Ricardo Cutino searches thoroughly through a passenger's bag after a K9 alerts for narcotics. 960 1280

  

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt, Deputy Director of MIA, on his way to catch the inaugural arrival of the new 747-800 aircraft. 960 1280

  

New 747

New 747

The new 747-800 is 18 feet longer than the previous 747 model, the 747-400, and carries 51 more passengers. 960 1280

  

Zulaikha Tokhi

Zulaikha Tokhi

Lufthansa duty manager Zulaikha Tokhi waits to hear from the ground crew so she can begin to measure the Lufthansa jet bridge to fit onto the door of the new 747-800. 960 1280

  

Rene Largaespada

Rene Largaespada

Flying Food Group transportation manager Rene Largaespada gets an update as he oversees several international flights being loaded and unloaded at once. 960 1280

  

Working Hard

Working Hard

Customs and Border Protection, cleaners and catering crew all work simultaneously in tight quarters with a very quick turnaround for an international flight. 960 1280

  

International Trash

International Trash

Up to about 400 lbs. of international trash can be removed from a single flight. 960 1280

  

Robert Skafidas

Robert Skafidas

Customs and Border Protection officer Robert Skafidas and his crew prepare to board an international flight to check for any abandoned food or trash that may be contaminated with pests. 960 1280

  

The Lufthansa airline gate
The Lufthansa airline gate

The Lufthansa airline gate

At the Lufthansa airline gate, ground personnel prepare for a quick turnaround of a huge aircraft, while Zulaikha and Stefan look at the list of passengers that will be flying to Frankfurt, Germany, on the Lufthansa A380. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The Lufthansa A380 glides down the airfield with the help of tower control and ramp workers guiding the aircraft. The runway leading to Gate J17 is built especially wide to handle the massive width of this airplane. 960 1280

  

MIA's Rental Car Center

MIA's Rental Car Center

Passengers wait to pick up and drop off rental cars at the Rental Car Center, which is directly adjacent to MIA. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie keep a close eye on security monitors to watch the crowds backing up in the terminal. The evacuation, due to the bomb threat, has forced delayed passengers to flood the Rental Car Center. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Lauren Stover shares all the different types of smells the police K9s are trained to track, from drugs and explosives to high quantities of money and international agriculture. 960 1280

  

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi discusses why it is an important security measure to follow the rules of the road on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Lufthansa Airbus A380

Lufthansa Airbus A380

MIA ramp crews load passengers' baggage onto the Lufthansa Airbus A380 flight departing for Frankfurt, Germany. 960 1280

  

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony gets a call to help calm passengers that are bottlenecking by MIA’s People Mover. Until the security threat at the Rental Car Center has been cleared by the bomb squad, Heidi must keep the crowds informed. 960 1280

  

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Due to security measures, passengers that are unable to board a flight must have their luggage removed from the plane. Every time Albert has to retrieve a delayed passenger’s luggage, his other duties on the airfield have to be put aside. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie explain the impact of the evacuation of the Rental Car Center on airport operations. 960 1280

  

The Lufthansa airline gate

The Lufthansa airline gate

Stefan explains that passengers on the overbooked Lufthansa flight are offered compensation to downgrade from business class. 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations agent Tony Cooper takes pride in his work at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Zulaikha and Stefan high-five

Zulaikha and Stefan high-five

Knowing the flight will depart on time to Frankfurt, Zulaikha and Stefan high-five on the Lufthansa jet bridge. 960 1280

  

Heidi is on the lookout
Heidi is on the lookout

Heidi is on the lookout

Heidi is on the lookout for the car accident victim’s loved one. The search becomes a little easier now that she has a description of Ing, who just arrived at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

The car gets towed

The car gets towed

The car being towed from the accident scene, while traffic backs up in the distance. 960 1280

  

The entrance to MIA

The entrance to MIA

From the peaceful entrance of MIA, you would never know how much hustle and bustle is taking place beyond its doors. 960 1280

  

A test kit for cocaine

A test kit for cocaine

With this test kit, if a confiscated substance mixes with cocaine salts and turns blue, then it has tested positive for cocaine. During this Customs and Border Patrol drug bust, 27 kilos of cocaine are confiscated. 960 1280

  

Traffic continues to build

Traffic continues to build

Frustration builds as the traffic continues to pile up. 960 1280

  

Darius takes a call

Darius takes a call

Darius takes a call from the operations control room about a situation developing in the terminal. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Patrol canine

Customs and Border Patrol canine

This Customs and Border Patrol canine is ready for a treat -- and a nap -- after a successful drug bust! 960 1280

  

Marcos Pacheco from LAN Cargo

Marcos Pacheco from LAN Cargo

Marcos Pacheco from LAN Cargo chats with the crew while he waits for pallets of flowers to be unloaded. 960 1280

  

Cargo awaits

Cargo awaits

The cargo on the plane waits to be inspected by Customs and Border Patrol. 960 1280

  

LAN Cargo employees

LAN Cargo employees

LAN Cargo employees get ready for the Valentine's Day rush. Additional shipments of flowers from South America will all need to be searched thoroughly for possible drugs. 960 1280

  

An airfield employee

An airfield employee

An airfield employee waits for cargo to be offloaded. 960 1280

  

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Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi drives a tug to a cargo flight that is ready to be offloaded at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares explains that a large shipment of flowers coming into MIA from South America will have to be inspected for illegal contraband. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian explains that a plane’s brake indicator light has come on, which means there could be a dangerous situation. The plane will have to be inspected immediately. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula

Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula

Operations Control Room Agents Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula keep an eye on a plane that has issued an alert 2 for a brake fault. If this turns into an alert 3, there could be imminent danger to the passengers. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby tells the crew how a stray dog named Simon living at the airport has become a danger to himself and airfield operations. 960 1280

  

Apron Controller Kristine Perez

Apron Controller Kristine Perez

Apron Controller Kristine Perez explains that whenever an alert aircraft arrives, it is her department’s job to maintain the safety of the passengers and airfield personnel and to make sure rescue units are standing by. 960 1280

  

Cargo pallets

Cargo pallets

Eighty-five percent of all the cut flowers that are imported into the US come through MIA, mostly from South America. These cargo pallets full of flowers will be swept by Customs and Border Protection K-9 Units trained to alert authorities to the scent of drugs. 960 1280

  

Simon the stray dog

Simon the stray dog

Simon the stray dog runs to hide while rescue units attempt to lure him in with food. 960 1280

  

Eduardo Calle

Eduardo Calle

Eduardo Calle explains how Simon the stray dog has been running loose for quite some time near the limousine lot at the airport. 960 1280

  

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony keeps her eye on a young woman who has just arrived from Cuba. The girl is nauseous and upset because she has left her loved ones behind to move to the US. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers search through boxes of imported flowers for narcotics. Since it's just before Valentine's Day, they have to search over 200 pallets of cut flowers. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover watches as employees attempt to catch Simon the stray dog. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo and his K-9 finish inspecting the pallets of flowers. This K-9 alerted to a particular pallet that was taken for further inspection. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez hands off packages and luggage to be scanned through the X-ray van. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The total length of MIA’s runways and taxiways is 142,526 feet. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA oversees over 1,180 flights per day. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA’s Lost and Found has housed thousands of passports, pillows, bikes, blankets, jackets and jewelry -- and literally, a kitchen sink. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has burrowing owls, a protected species, living on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

55,000 bags a day travel along MIA’s 17 miles of baggage belts. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA’s hangar office complex can accommodate 3 B747 and 1 DC10 aircrafts inside and still close the doors. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

On average, 30,000 vehicles drop off and pick up passengers every day - equal to more than 11 million vehicles each year. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA and its related aviation industries contribute 282,043 jobs to Miami’s local economy -- equaling one out of every 4.1 jobs. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA was known as Pan American Field from 1928 to 1937 and 36th Street Airport from 1937 to 1949 before being officially designated as Miami International Airport in 1949. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA accounts for more than 50% of all the moving equipment (escalator, elevator and moving sidewalks) in Miami-Dade County. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA uses the equivalent of 19,018 miles of paper towels each year. This is equal to nearly 6 trips from Miami to Seattle. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has one of only 4 tunnels in the state of Florida (2 of the others are at Disney World). 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

In 2011, 38.3 million passengers traveled through Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Employee shuttles make more than 1,150 trips per day, transporting more than 15,000 employees daily between the employee parking lot and MIA. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has more flights to and from Cuba than any other airport in the United States. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA's janitorial staff cleans seven million square feet of terminal space weekly which is equivalent to 122 football fields. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA's Operations Control Room initiates approximately 600 emergency notifications annually, which equals 50 per month or nearly 2 a day. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The Lost and Found department receives 1,200 lost items per month and on average, 42% of the lost items are returned to the owners. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has one of the longest linear passenger terminals in North America, stretching 1.4 miles. 960 1280

  

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Owls live on the airfield

Owls live on the airfield

Miami International Airport has Burrowing Owls, which are a protected species, living on the airfield. 960 1280
Most flights to and from Cuba

Most flights to and from Cuba

MIA has more flights to and from Cuba than any other airport in the United States. 960 1280
672,640 rolls of toilet paper a year

672,640 rolls of toilet paper a year

MIA uses 672,640 rolls of toilet tissue each year, which is equivalent to 42 miles or a trip from MIA to Boca Raton. 960 1280
Employee shuttles make 1,150 trips per day

Employee shuttles make 1,150 trips per day

Employee shuttle buses make more than 1,150 trips per day, transporting more than 15,000 employees daily between the employee parking lot and MIA. 960 1280
Enough soap to fill a swimming pool!

Enough soap to fill a swimming pool!

MIA uses 18,736 gallons of liquid soap each year, which is the equal to your average residential swimming pool. 960 1280
MIA provides one out of every 4.1 jobs locally

MIA provides one out of every 4.1 jobs locally

MIA and related aviation industries contribute 282,043 jobs directly and indirectly to the local economy. That equates to one out of 4.1 jobs. 960 1280

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