Airport 24/7: Bird, Plane, Impact! Pictures

One bird can bring down a jet, so when a massive flock invades MIA, the airport must take extreme measures.

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Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony
Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

When a Russian family runs out of money and have maxed out their credit cards, Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony uses her charm to help get their baggage fees waived. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover receives a call alerting her that 2 airplanes just clipped wings on the runway. 960 1280

  

Lonny Craven, Division Director for Airside Operations

Lonny Craven, Division Director for Airside Operations

Lonny Craven, Division Director for Airside Operations, explains the importance of removing the damaged planes from the airfield in a timely fashion in order to resume normal operations. 960 1280

  

Airport 24/7

Airport 24/7

The impact from a collision of 2 planes on the airfield causes damage to the tips of the wings. This will require repairs that will cost time, money and try the patience of passengers expecting to depart for France. 960 1280

  

Heidi gets an update from the Deputy Director Ken Pyatt

Heidi gets an update from the Deputy Director Ken Pyatt

Heidi gets an update from the Deputy Director Ken Pyatt about the damage sustained from the impact -- more than 300 passengers are now going to have to rebook, and many may have to spend the night in Miami. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw receives a call about the accident on the airfield. He is relieved there were no injuries, but he knows that frustrated passengers will soon be entering the terminal. 960 1280

  

Apron Controller Khristine Perez

Apron Controller Khristine Perez

Apron Controller Khristine Perez knows that the damaged planes will cause a domino effect of delays due to the tight schedule of planes arriving and departing. 960 1280

  

Paramedic Chief Stephen Kilby

Paramedic Chief Stephen Kilby

Paramedic Chief Stephen Kilby awaits the sea of passengers from an 8-hour flight from Argentina. 960 1280

  

Airport 24/7

Airport 24/7

One of the passengers delayed due to the clipped wing incident shares his frustrations with the camera crew of Airport 24/7. 960 1280

  

Fire Rescue is on standby

Fire Rescue is on standby

Fire Rescue is on standby at the accident site while the plane is inspected to check for any jet fuel spills. 960 1280

  

Terminal Security Specialist Ericka Middleton

Terminal Security Specialist Ericka Middleton

After the airplane collision on the airfield causes delays and panic, Terminal Security Specialist Ericka Middleton gets a call to help with the passengers who have arrived from Argentina. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection's Beagle Brigade

Customs and Border Protection's Beagle Brigade

With 100,000 passengers traveling each day through MIA, Customs and Border Protection's Beagle Brigade keeps the front door to the United States free of illegal agricultural products. 960 1280

  

Albert Cordeshi

Albert Cordeshi

Albert Cordeshi takes a moment away from his busy schedule of fueling planes, offloading cargo and directing airfield traffic. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis searches for the lottery winner
Dickie Davis searches for the lottery winner

Dickie Davis searches for the lottery winner

Dickie Davis, assistant director of terminal operations and customer service, makes a call to find out if she can track down the airport employee who has won the lottery. 960 1280

  

MIA employees oversee the baggage belt system

MIA employees oversee the baggage belt system

Constant maintenance of the baggage belt system is important since more than 100,000 bags make their way through MIA daily. 960 1280

  

Gilbert Lopez discusses the baggage belt

Gilbert Lopez discusses the baggage belt

Gilbert Lopez describes how they have maintenance personnel strategically located throughout the baggage belt system to assist with any problems or jams that may occur. 960 1280

  

TSA officer Jamie Velazquez at MIA

TSA officer Jamie Velazquez at MIA

TSA officer Jaime Velazquez continues on with his shift, wondering which of his co-workers won the lottery. 960 1280

  

MIA's security director at work

MIA's security director at work

Security director Lauren Stover is curious to find out which lucky employee is holding the winning lottery ticket. 960 1280

  

TSA finds a concealed weapon

TSA finds a concealed weapon

Luis Vasquez explains that Customs and Border Protection was called down to the TSA search room because a weapon was artfully concealed to avoid detection. 960 1280

  

Suspicious luggage at the TSA Coordination Center

Suspicious luggage at the TSA Coordination Center

Darrell Brooks arrives at the TSA Coordination Center to review an image of a piece of luggage that was flagged as suspicious. 960 1280

  

Passengers check in for a flight to Bogota

Passengers check in for a flight to Bogota

Adrian Martin checks in passengers who will be boarding a flight to Bogota. 960 1280

  

Passengers at MIA

Passengers at MIA

MIA passengers show their passports at the ticket counter. 960 1280

  

Jam on the baggage belt at MIA

Jam on the baggage belt at MIA

Horace Hamilton and Stanley Felton discuss the jam on the baggage belt. There are 2 joint belts at the mouth of the system and if a bag comes out sideways, it can automatically stop. 960 1280

  

MIA employee wins the lottery

MIA employee wins the lottery

Terminal operations senior agent Heidi Anthony is on a mission to find which employee is holding the winning lottery ticket. 960 1280

  

Explosive trace detection room

Explosive trace detection room

TSA officer Joseph Colburn explains that the explosive trace detection room is the last room where bags are sent to be checked if they appear suspicious. 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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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

  

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi prepares to push back a cargo plane now that the lockdown has been lifted from the airfield. The president has landed safely, and the ramp workers are back to work! 960 1280

  

The front entrance to Miami International Airport

The front entrance to Miami International Airport

A colorful avenue of flags greets travelers at the front entrance to Miami International Airport -- amid the 100,000 passengers who will arrive and depart this day is the president of the United States. 960 1280

  

Albert pushes back an aircraft

Albert pushes back an aircraft

Albert pushes back an aircraft so it can taxi the runway. With hundreds of flights departing MIA, every minute counts on the ramp. 960 1280

  

Heidi responds to a radio call

Heidi responds to a radio call

Heidi responds to a radio call about a group of international passengers who have been stuck in an elevator for over 20 minutes. Hopefully they don't miss their flights home. 960 1280

  

A cargo plane on a busy day

A cargo plane on a busy day

A long rubber tube transports air into a cargo plane on a busy day of arrivals and departures. 960 1280

  

A TSA explosive detection K9 team

A TSA explosive detection K9 team

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 is swept. 960 1280

  

Ericka recaps the car crash

Ericka recaps the car crash

Ericka recaps the car crash in the Miami Canal after personally speaking with the driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Fortunately, the driver did not sustain any injuries and was most concerned about having gotten her hair wet when her car hit the water. 960 1280

  

Lauren stands by on the airfield

Lauren stands by on the airfield

Lauren stands by on the airfield while a bee handler collects bees that have swarmed around one of the gates, halting planes from moving into the area. 960 1280

  

Passengers mingle throughout the concourse

Passengers mingle throughout the concourse

Passengers mingle throughout the concourse, and check out all the shopping and restaurants offered at MIA while the airfield is in lockdown. 960 1280

  

Darius visits "Coop"

Darius visits "Coop"

Darius is relieved that the president has landed and made it to his destination safely. He stretches his legs by taking a walk around the terminal and visits his buddy "Coop," aka Tony Cooper, who has served over 30 years at the airport. 960 1280

  

Ericka gets a good laugh out of this traveler

Ericka gets a good laugh out of this traveler

Delays caused by Air Force One’s arrival make many passengers upset. But Ericka gets a good laugh out of this traveler, who is rather upbeat despite the wait. 960 1280

  

Aircraft sit at the gate

Aircraft sit at the gate

Aircraft sit at the gate while the arrival of Air Force One forces the entire airfield into lockdown. 960 1280

  

Passengers check out the digital flight information displays

Passengers check out the digital flight information displays

Passengers check out the digital flight information displays to see if their flights are affected by the airfield lockdown. 960 1280

  

Heidi rushes to an elevator

Heidi rushes to an elevator

Heidi rushes to an elevator where a group of international passengers are stuck on board. With her excellent customer service skills, Heidi plans to calm the passengers down -- and help them make it to their flight on time. 960 1280

  

Sunset at MIA

Sunset at MIA

The president and his motorcade safely depart for DC, shortly after the sunset at MIA. 960 1280

  

Lauren and Lonny

Lauren and Lonny

Security director, Lauren Stover, and Lonny Craven go over details for the car vs. jet event at Opa Locka Airport. 960 1280

  

Opa Locka Airport

Opa Locka Airport

Opa Locka Airport hosts a race where aviation legend Barrington Irving pits a supercar against a jet. 960 1280

  

Excitement Mounts

Excitement Mounts

Prior to the race, enthusiasm and excitement mounts for everyone involved. 960 1280

  

K-9 Partner

K-9 Partner

Lauren Stover walks with a Miami-Dade Police Officer and his K-9 partner before performing security sweeps on the airfield at Opa Locka Airport. 960 1280

  

The Supercar

The Supercar

Barrington Irving stands in front of a supercar that he built with a group of under-privileged kids. 960 1280

  

Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving explains how proud he is of the group of kids who helped him build the supercar he will race. 960 1280

  

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services, Henry Castellanos, explains how the jet might not have an advantage over the supercar. The car that Barrington will be driving is capable of going from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. 960 1280

  

Henry Castellanos Pilots the Jet

Henry Castellanos Pilots the Jet

Henry Castellanos pilots the jet in a practice run to master a U-turn that is critical to the outcome of the race 960 1280

  

Lauren and Ken

Lauren and Ken

With all the security sweeps complete, Lauren and Ken Pyatt watch as the supercar and jet line up for the main event. 960 1280

  

Youth Member

Youth Member

A member of the youth organization who helped build the supercar watches the race. 960 1280

  

Emilio Monti

Emilio Monti

One of Barrington's crew members, Emilio Monti, investigates the undercarriage of the supercar after it overheats on the airport’s taxiway. 960 1280

  

Lonny, Ken and Lauren

Lonny, Ken and Lauren

Lonny meets up with Ken and Lauren on the airfield after the car vs. jet race is over. 960 1280

  

Officer Stretch Rutledge

Officer Stretch Rutledge

Officer Stretch Rutledge describes how a rebellious passenger broke the chair of another passenger's seat on an incoming flight. 960 1280

  

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