Airport 24/7: Category X Pictures

Miami International Airport is a Category X Airport, meaning it's at the highest risk for terrorist attack. When an incoming flight squawks a hijack code to the tower, it triggers a SWAT response.

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Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Terminal Operations Senior Agent at Miami International Airport Tony Cooper keeps close contact with the Operations Control Room to get updates on the status of the bomb scare. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover and TSA Deputy Federal Security Director DL Wright discuss plans to keep the terminal safe with Miami-Dade Police Lt. Pete Estes. All employees are trained to keep an eye out for unattended bags. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade police officers

Miami-Dade police officers

Miami-Dade police officers rush to the scene of a potential explosive device located in an unattended bag. 960 1280

  

Major Art Loynaz

Major Art Loynaz

Major Art Loynaz of the Miami-Dade Police Department talks about the steps being taken to determine what is actually in the unattended bag. 960 1280

  

Director of Airfield Operations Lonny Craven

Director of Airfield Operations Lonny Craven

Director of Airfield Operations Lonny Craven is on the watch for drivers violating airfield traffic laws. 960 1280

  

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony calls for a K9 response unit when she discovers an unattended bag. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw receives a call about an unattended bag. The K9 on the scene sat down after approaching the bag -- his way of communicating that he detects something suspicious. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge responds to the scene of the bomb scare. 960 1280

  

The Miami-Dade Police Department

The Miami-Dade Police Department

The Miami-Dade Police Department patrols the evacuated terminal for unattended bags and suspicious activity. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Police Officer Dominguez

Miami-Dade Police Officer Dominguez

Miami-Dade Police Officer Dominguez rewards his K9 with some playtime for a job well done. 960 1280

  

TSA Explosive Specialist Brian Mast

TSA Explosive Specialist Brian Mast

TSA Explosive Specialist Brian Mast describes the catastrophic damage that can occur from an explosive device. 960 1280

  

TSA Officers

TSA Officers

TSA Officers are trained to recognize suspicious-looking items that pass through the x-ray scanners. 960 1280

  

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis is notified of an unattended bag that alerted an explosive detection K9. 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

  

Tony Cooper

Tony Cooper

Terminal Operations senior agent Tony Cooper spots a large group of birds, which can pose a major danger to aircrafts. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw notifies the wildlife abatement team that there are reports of birds in the area. 960 1280

  

Norman Hegedus

Norman Hegedus

MIA's Aviation Environmental Planner Norman Hegedus explains the dangers that birds can pose to an aircraft, and how the airport scares the birds away. 960 1280

  

Undeclared Weapons

Undeclared Weapons

Undeclared weapons are discovered by Customs and Border Protection during a random cargo inspection. 960 1280

  

Finding Weapons

Finding Weapons

Customs and Border Protection officer Bolivar rewards her K-9 after finding weapons inside cargo. 960 1280

  

Fire Trucks

Fire Trucks

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue trucks follow an airplane that has landed with a cracked windshield due to a bird strike. 960 1280

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Wildlife Abatement Team

Wildlife Abatement Team

The wildlife abatement team uses propane cannons to scare birds away from all arriving and departing aircrafts. 960 1280

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Robert Del Toro

Robert Del Toro

Customs and Border Protection officer Robert Del Toro explains that his team seizes any items that do not meet safety guidelines, like items made with lead-based paint. 960 1280

  

Alejandro Juan

Alejandro Juan

Customs and Border Protection officer Alejandro Juan looks through items that have been detained because of copyright infringement. 960 1280

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Robert Del Toro

Robert Del Toro

Customs and Border Protection officer Robert Del Toro explains that some counterfeit items seized by CBP end up being destroyed. 960 1280

  

Fallen Marine

Fallen Marine

MIA hosts an emotional tribute to a fallen marine. 960 1280

  

K-9 Training Area

K-9 Training Area

Miami-Dade Police officers utilize MIA's new K-9 training area. 960 1280

  

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