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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Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi
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

  

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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

  

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

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The Miami-Dade Police Department K9 Units sweep the airfield before the arrival of Air Force One at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Chief Kilby prepares his Miami-Dade Fire Rescue team for President Obama’s arrival. 960 1280

  

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi explains that his team needs to perform an hour’s worth of work in 25 minutes due to the airfield lockdown when Air Force One arrives. 960 1280

  

Stefan Krumbiegel and Zulaikha Tokhi

Stefan Krumbiegel and Zulaikha Tokhi

Stefan Krumbiegel and Zulaikha Tokhi are pleased that the Lufthansa A380 is able to take off before the airfield is shut down due to the President's arrival. 960 1280

  

Deputy Director for Operations Ken Pyatt

Deputy Director for Operations Ken Pyatt

Deputy Director for Operations Ken Pyatt discusses the procedure for the airfield lockdown with his staff. 960 1280

  

A Customs and Border Protection K9

A Customs and Border Protection K9

A Customs and Border Protection K9 aids in keeping the country safe from illegal drug trafficking. 960 1280

  

Swissport employee Jeff Johnson

Swissport employee Jeff Johnson

Swissport employee Jeff Johnson points out the 526 passengers who have to deplane before his crew can clean the double-decker aircraft, which includes 14 lavatories. With the President's impending arrival, the cleaning crew has less time than usual to finish. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Drugs including cocaine, marijuana and pharmaceutical pills were found by Customs and Border Protection officers while searching through a female smuggler's personal belongings. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers Flores and Casale check items that were flagged as suspicious in a passenger's luggage. 960 1280

  

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge of the Miami-Dade Police Department patrols the airfield before the President's arrival. 960 1280

  

The President's motorcade

The President's motorcade

The President's motorcade is lined up on the airfield and ready to depart. 960 1280

  

Apron Coordinator Khristine Perez

Apron Coordinator Khristine Perez

Apron Coordinator Khristine Perez watches for the arrival of Air Force One. 960 1280

  

Air Force One

Air Force One

Barack Obama does his presidential jog down the staircase after Air Force One arrives at MIA. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Zulaikha assures a passenger that all pets are handled with care when loaded onto an aircraft. 960 1280

  

Bag runner Stanley Felton

Bag runner Stanley Felton

Bag runner Stanley Felton operates the baggage belt system. Now that the ramp has been reopened after the President's arrival, there are a lot of bags backed up. 960 1280

  

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