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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Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis

Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis

Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis discuss the tactics involved in the undercover operation to catch thieves at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares keeps his eye out for any unusual activity at the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

MIA's security checkpoint

MIA's security checkpoint

An MIA passenger is thankful that Daniel Tabares is able to locate his watch that was left behind at the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue gives crew members instructions as they respond to a claustrophobic woman who is stuck in an elevator in the terminal. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw is concerned for the safety of an airport employee stuck inside an elevator. 960 1280

  

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department explains that if you find an item and don't turn it in, it’s considered a theft. 960 1280

  

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager, Darrell Brooks, reviews security footage of a man they have identified as the thief who took a tablet computer from the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso describes the strange items that passengers have lost at the airport. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian explains the dangers of extracting a woman from the top-hatch of an elevator since there are many moving parts involved. He shuts off the power to the elevator to prevent any fatal accidents. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz uses a special key to unlock the elevator door to rescue the airport employee trapped inside. 960 1280

  

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler reminds a passenger to check that he has all his belongings before leaving the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

TSA security checkpoint

TSA security checkpoint

Sharp objects, like this box of razor blades, are not allowed through TSA security checkpoints. 960 1280

  

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis is notified of an airport employee trapped inside an elevator. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares points out a suspiciously shaped object on the scanner. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue workers receive instructions for how to control a water leak on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain, Nick Marian, is alerted to an accident on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez watches as the plane carrying the University of Alabama football team arrives for the BCS Championship Game. 960 1280

  

Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi describes how airplanes do not have a reverse gear, so “tugs” are used to push back the planes so they can taxi the runway. 960 1280

  

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover describes how security is her first priority. 960 1280

  

Police K-9s

Police K-9s

Police K-9s are an important asset to the airport’s overall security. 960 1280

  

Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi

Albert describes the different types of tugs that work on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper describes how high security flights are orchestrated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 960 1280

  

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighters

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighters

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighters trace the pipe leading to the water leak in order to shut off the source of the flooding. 960 1280

  

MIA’s crew and the Orange Bowl organizers

MIA’s crew and the Orange Bowl organizers

MIA’s crew and the Orange Bowl organizers take their places to greet the University of Alabama football team when they arrive. 960 1280

  

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge rounds up the Miami-Dade Police Motorcycle officers to safely escort the University of Alabama football team off the airfield. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis, Ken Pyatt and Lauren Stover

Dickie Davis, Ken Pyatt and Lauren Stover

Dickie Davis, Ken Pyatt and Lauren Stover get ready to welcome the crowds expected to arrive for the BCS National Championship football game. 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

  

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