Airport 24/7: Caught on Camera Pictures

See what happens when an elevator traps an employee at Miami International Airport, and all eyes focus on the high-risk extraction operation.

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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

  

Darius arrives on the scene

Darius arrives on the scene

When 600 passengers from 2 flights attempt to check-in simultaneously, Darius arrives on the scene to face a mob of angry passengers. 960 1280

  

Albert knows his day is going to get longer

Albert knows his day is going to get longer

With it looking like a flight will be cancelled, Albert knows his day is going to get longer and his team has to work harder to keep the rest of the flights moving on schedule. 960 1280

  

Heidi keeps the peace

Heidi keeps the peace

Heidi keeps the frustrated passengers organized. 960 1280

  

Albert's crew gets ready to unload luggage

Albert's crew gets ready to unload luggage

Albert's crew gets ready to unload luggage -- all part of keeping things moving and getting passengers their bags. 960 1280

  

Lauren is relieved

Lauren is relieved

Lauren is relieved that the penalty box scare was nothing more than a child's curiosity. The airfield’s penalty box is where the planes are brought when there is a security scare onboard. 960 1280

  

Albert gets some help

Albert gets some help

Albert gets a co-worker to help him hitch up a luggage trailer. 960 1280

  

MIA airfield

MIA airfield

Airport staff on the airfield. 960 1280

  

The Operations Control Room

The Operations Control Room

The Operations Control Room is a busy place, where multitasking is all part of the job. 960 1280

  

Heidi explains the situation to Darius

Heidi explains the situation to Darius

Heidi explains the situation to Darius over her walkie-talkie. She is quickly becoming overwhelmed by the cancelled flight dilemma. 960 1280

  

Khristine explains potential problems

Khristine explains potential problems

Khristine explains the potential serious problems that could arise when a plane has hydraulic problems. You can never be too careful when dealing with lives -- even if the fall out will create disgruntled passengers. 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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