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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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

  

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

  

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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