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

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony is assigned to meet Rod Stewart at the gate. Heidi explains how celebrities are brought through fast access lines to quickly clear them through Customs and Border Protection. 960 1280

  

Interjet Station Manager Lydia Juarrero

Interjet Station Manager Lydia Juarrero

Interjet Station Manager Lydia Juarrero is updated on the status of passenger check-ins at the ticket counter. 960 1280

  

The Miami-Dade Police Department

The Miami-Dade Police Department

The Miami-Dade Police Department tightens security to prepare for the arrival of the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. 960 1280

  

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez controls the flight information boards that display delays and cancellations in the terminal. 960 1280

  

Passenger Service Agent Randy Perez

Passenger Service Agent Randy Perez

Passenger Service Agent Randy Perez informs Lydia Juarrero that the flight crew might be delayed at passport control since there is only a single Customs and Border Protection Officer available to clear them. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby updates his crew about the preparations for the arrival of Janet Napolitano. Firefighters are on the scene in case anything should go wrong. 960 1280

  

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks points out the passenger who is believed to be carrying a loaded handgun through the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

The Interjet flight crew

The Interjet flight crew

The Interjet flight crew has 75 minutes to prepare the plane for departure to Mexico City. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares informs a passenger that prohibited items found in a carry-on can be confiscated. 960 1280

  

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton explains how she tries to keep passengers calm as they endure long lines due to sequestration. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover listens intently to the speech given by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about sequestration. 960 1280

  

Richard Marquez

Richard Marquez

Richard Marquez is notified of a passenger entering a security checkpoint with a loaded weapon. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Heidi attempts to calm passengers in the terminal who are frustrated because of the long lines. 960 1280

  

Randy Perez and Lydia Juarrero

Randy Perez and Lydia Juarrero

Passenger Service Agent Randy Perez and Interjet Station Manager Lydia Juarrero celebrate the flight departing a minute ahead of schedule. 960 1280

  

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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

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

  

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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