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-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge
Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge clarifies the dos and don’ts of driving safely at MIA. 960 1280

  

Airport 24/7

Airport 24/7

A passenger needs to change her flight for medical reasons -- a blind spot has appeared in her eye, and she needs to see a retina specialist immediately. Terminal Security Specialist Ericka Middleton offers to find her some help. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby handles the life and death situation of the bus crash at MIA. 960 1280

  

Casey the canine ambassador

Casey the canine ambassador

Casey the canine ambassador and her owner, Liz, interact with a passenger who enjoys a little taste of home life while traveling. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officers

Customs and Border Protection Officers

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan are checking potentially counterfeit merchandise that was flagged at the x-ray. 960 1280

  

Paramedics arrive to treat passengers

Paramedics arrive to treat passengers

Paramedics arrive to treat passengers who have been injured in a bus crash on airport grounds. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw checks in on the traffic backing up due to the bus crash. 960 1280

  

Triangle Services Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Triangle Services Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Triangle Services Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi maintains constant communication with his team to ensure that the airfield runs smoothly. 960 1280

  

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA after sharing their stories with each other on the plane. 960 1280

  

Stretch, a motorcycle cop at MIA

Stretch, a motorcycle cop at MIA

Stretch, a motorcycle cop at MIA, straps on a helmet to begin patrolling the airport's roads. From pulling over speeders to nudging people out of no waiting zones, Stretch keeps a watchful eye on MIA's heavily traveled roads. 960 1280

  

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

When a young girl needed to change her flight for medical reasons, Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis pulled some strings to make it happen. 960 1280

  

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Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge clarifies the dos and don’ts of driving safely at MIA. 960 1280

  

Airport 24/7

Airport 24/7

A passenger needs to change her flight for medical reasons -- a blind spot has appeared in her eye, and she needs to see a retina specialist immediately. Terminal Security Specialist Ericka Middleton offers to find her some help. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby handles the life and death situation of the bus crash at MIA. 960 1280

  

Casey the canine ambassador

Casey the canine ambassador

Casey the canine ambassador and her owner, Liz, interact with a passenger who enjoys a little taste of home life while traveling. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officers

Customs and Border Protection Officers

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan are checking potentially counterfeit merchandise that was flagged at the x-ray. 960 1280

  

Paramedics arrive to treat passengers

Paramedics arrive to treat passengers

Paramedics arrive to treat passengers who have been injured in a bus crash on airport grounds. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw checks in on the traffic backing up due to the bus crash. 960 1280

  

Triangle Services Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Triangle Services Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Triangle Services Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi maintains constant communication with his team to ensure that the airfield runs smoothly. 960 1280

  

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA after sharing their stories with each other on the plane. 960 1280

  

Stretch, a motorcycle cop at MIA

Stretch, a motorcycle cop at MIA

Stretch, a motorcycle cop at MIA, straps on a helmet to begin patrolling the airport's roads. From pulling over speeders to nudging people out of no waiting zones, Stretch keeps a watchful eye on MIA's heavily traveled roads. 960 1280

  

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

When a young girl needed to change her flight for medical reasons, Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis pulled some strings to make it happen. 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

  

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi drives a tug to a cargo flight that is ready to be offloaded at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares explains that a large shipment of flowers coming into MIA from South America will have to be inspected for illegal contraband. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian explains that a plane’s brake indicator light has come on, which means there could be a dangerous situation. The plane will have to be inspected immediately. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula

Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula

Operations Control Room Agents Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula keep an eye on a plane that has issued an alert 2 for a brake fault. If this turns into an alert 3, there could be imminent danger to the passengers. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby tells the crew how a stray dog named Simon living at the airport has become a danger to himself and airfield operations. 960 1280

  

Apron Controller Kristine Perez

Apron Controller Kristine Perez

Apron Controller Kristine Perez explains that whenever an alert aircraft arrives, it is her department’s job to maintain the safety of the passengers and airfield personnel and to make sure rescue units are standing by. 960 1280

  

Cargo pallets

Cargo pallets

Eighty-five percent of all the cut flowers that are imported into the US come through MIA, mostly from South America. These cargo pallets full of flowers will be swept by Customs and Border Protection K-9 Units trained to alert authorities to the scent of drugs. 960 1280

  

Simon the stray dog

Simon the stray dog

Simon the stray dog runs to hide while rescue units attempt to lure him in with food. 960 1280

  

Eduardo Calle

Eduardo Calle

Eduardo Calle explains how Simon the stray dog has been running loose for quite some time near the limousine lot at the airport. 960 1280

  

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony keeps her eye on a young woman who has just arrived from Cuba. The girl is nauseous and upset because she has left her loved ones behind to move to the US. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers search through boxes of imported flowers for narcotics. Since it's just before Valentine's Day, they have to search over 200 pallets of cut flowers. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover watches as employees attempt to catch Simon the stray dog. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo and his K-9 finish inspecting the pallets of flowers. This K-9 alerted to a particular pallet that was taken for further inspection. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez hands off packages and luggage to be scanned through the X-ray van. 960 1280

  

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