Airport 24/7: Cavity Search Pictures

Miami International Airport prepares for the arrival of President Obama, while Customs and Border Protection comes across smuggled drugs.

You Might Also Like

Daniel and the TSA agents radio all agencies
Daniel and the TSA agents radio all agencies

Daniel and the TSA agents radio all agencies

After discovering a knife concealed in a shoe, Daniel and the TSA agents radio all agencies to notify them of the security scare. 960 1280

  

Ashutosh looks into flight information for missing passengers, while Stefan radios a last call for Frankfurt over the loudspeaker. 960 1280

Last call for Frankfurt   

TSA screening checkpoint

TSA screening checkpoint

Passengers wait in line at the TSA screening checkpoint. Shoes, handbags and coats are sent through the scanner. 960 1280

  

A possible delay

A possible delay

Stefan knows that if the missing passengers don't show up in time, the ramp workers will have to take their checked baggage off the flight -- which could result in a delay for Lufthansa. 960 1280

  

The TSA agent does a second screening

The TSA agent does a second screening

TSA agent engages in a second screening of a carry-on item, checking for prohibited items like liquids, gels and aerosols over 3.4 ounces. 960 1280

  

TSA agents

TSA agents

TSA agents discuss the wildest items that they’ve seen come through the checkpoint. Today, it's a large jar of peanut butter and a loaded firearm that set off their radar. 960 1280

  

MIA's airfield

MIA's airfield

A shot of the airfield. 960 1280

  

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares spots a peculiar item on the screen -- a knife in a shoe. 960 1280

  

TSA screening checkpoint

TSA screening checkpoint

Passengers wait in line at the TSA screening checkpoint. Shoes are removed as a safety measure to screen for weapons concealed in the soles of sneakers. 960 1280

  

Stefan alerts his staff

Stefan alerts his staff

Stefan gets word that the cleaners need to be taken off the A380, so that Customs and Border Protection can perform an inspection. He climbs aboard the aircraft to spread the news. 960 1280

  

Albert empties the lavatories

Albert empties the lavatories

Albert tugs on the hose to make sure it won't detach while he empties the lavatories. 960 1280

  

The Lufthansa flight has landed

The Lufthansa flight has landed

The Lufthansa flight has landed, and cargo is being offloaded. Customs and Border Protection officers are prepared to tackle one of the largest freighters that this airfield has ever seen: the Airbus A380. 960 1280

  

Ashutosh explains the task of turning a plane

Ashutosh explains the task of turning a plane

Ashutosh explains the seemingly impossible task of turning the Lufthansa A380 plane without taking a delay -- de-boarding over 500 passengers, prepping, fueling, cleaning and reboarding the aircraft, all in just 2 1/2 hours. Missing passengers and surprise inspections from Customs and Border Protection put his team down to the final seconds. 960 1280

  

Lufthansa A380

Lufthansa A380

A beautiful silhouette of the majestic Lufthansa A380 taxiing the runway with the air traffic control tower keeping watch over the activity high in the skies. 960 1280

  

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck
A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck arrives on the scene of a large fuel spill on the tarmac to contain hundreds of gallons of highly-flammable Jet A fuel. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw at Miami International Airport

Darius Bradshaw at Miami International Airport

Darius is in disbelief as he discovers that the manager of the fuel facility, Tom Doherty, risked his life by manually shutting off the fuel lines. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The morning after the fuel farm fire, many flights are cancelled due to the lack of fueling resources. Passengers on this flight and others departing MIA will make it to their destination after a tremendous effort of dozens of fueling trucks transporting Jet A fuel to the aircrafts. 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi radios crew members in Passport Control for assistance with directing long lines of passengers arriving on flights from Cuba. 960 1280

  

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca sips on a Cuban coffee while discussing how beautiful her homeland is. She is excited to bring presents to her friends and family back home. 960 1280

  

A TSA Checkpoint at MIA

A TSA Checkpoint at MIA

Luggage is transported through a TSA checkpoint while passengers’ belongings are scanned for prohibited items. 960 1280

  

Ramp workers at MIA

Ramp workers at MIA

Ramp workers at MIA have a busy day ahead loading luggage onto multiple flights to Cuba since many Cuban-American travelers take gifts back to their friends and families including clothing, electronics -- even the kitchen sink. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officer Kevin Kennedy

Customs and Border Protection officer Kevin Kennedy

Customs and Border Protection officer, Kevin Kennedy, inspects luggage for forms of illegal contraband. This includes fruits, vegetables and packaged meats. All of these items could contain pests that are a threat to American agriculture. 960 1280

  

A Customs and Border Protection officer

A Customs and Border Protection officer

A Customs and Border Protection officer unwraps the protective layer of green plastic wrap around the luggage so he can perform an inspection for fruits, vegetables and other forms of illegal contraband. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The airport is back on its feet, fueling planes with a new pump system after a long rebuilding process due to the fuel farm fire. It takes about 2,000 gallons of fuel per hour for an airport the size of MIA to function. 960 1280

  

Lauren visits the airfield

Lauren visits the airfield

Lauren visits the airfield while Customs and Border Protection performs inspections on luggage offloaded from Cuban flights. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue worker explains the severity of a large fuel spill on the tarmac to Captain Nick Marian. 960 1280

  

TSA Checkpoint J at MIA

TSA Checkpoint J at MIA

A group of passengers wait in line at TSA Checkpoint J while their luggage is scanned for liquids, gels, aerosols and other prohibited items that may trigger MIA's radar. 960 1280

  

MIA flights are back in action

MIA flights are back in action

One week after the fuel farm fire, a temporary pumping system allows the fuel facilities to work just shy of maximum capacity. MIA flights are back in action with only minimal help from fuel trucks during the busiest departure times of day. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport
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

  

Photos

Daniel and the TSA agents radio all agencies

Daniel and the TSA agents radio all agencies

After discovering a knife concealed in a shoe, Daniel and the TSA agents radio all agencies to notify them of the security scare. 960 1280

  

Ashutosh looks into flight information for missing passengers, while Stefan radios a last call for Frankfurt over the loudspeaker. 960 1280

Last call for Frankfurt   

TSA screening checkpoint

TSA screening checkpoint

Passengers wait in line at the TSA screening checkpoint. Shoes, handbags and coats are sent through the scanner. 960 1280

  

A possible delay

A possible delay

Stefan knows that if the missing passengers don't show up in time, the ramp workers will have to take their checked baggage off the flight -- which could result in a delay for Lufthansa. 960 1280

  

The TSA agent does a second screening

The TSA agent does a second screening

TSA agent engages in a second screening of a carry-on item, checking for prohibited items like liquids, gels and aerosols over 3.4 ounces. 960 1280

  

TSA agents

TSA agents

TSA agents discuss the wildest items that they’ve seen come through the checkpoint. Today, it's a large jar of peanut butter and a loaded firearm that set off their radar. 960 1280

  

MIA's airfield

MIA's airfield

A shot of the airfield. 960 1280

  

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares spots a peculiar item on the screen -- a knife in a shoe. 960 1280

  

TSA screening checkpoint

TSA screening checkpoint

Passengers wait in line at the TSA screening checkpoint. Shoes are removed as a safety measure to screen for weapons concealed in the soles of sneakers. 960 1280

  

Stefan alerts his staff

Stefan alerts his staff

Stefan gets word that the cleaners need to be taken off the A380, so that Customs and Border Protection can perform an inspection. He climbs aboard the aircraft to spread the news. 960 1280

  

Albert empties the lavatories

Albert empties the lavatories

Albert tugs on the hose to make sure it won't detach while he empties the lavatories. 960 1280

  

The Lufthansa flight has landed

The Lufthansa flight has landed

The Lufthansa flight has landed, and cargo is being offloaded. Customs and Border Protection officers are prepared to tackle one of the largest freighters that this airfield has ever seen: the Airbus A380. 960 1280

  

Ashutosh explains the task of turning a plane

Ashutosh explains the task of turning a plane

Ashutosh explains the seemingly impossible task of turning the Lufthansa A380 plane without taking a delay -- de-boarding over 500 passengers, prepping, fueling, cleaning and reboarding the aircraft, all in just 2 1/2 hours. Missing passengers and surprise inspections from Customs and Border Protection put his team down to the final seconds. 960 1280

  

Lufthansa A380

Lufthansa A380

A beautiful silhouette of the majestic Lufthansa A380 taxiing the runway with the air traffic control tower keeping watch over the activity high in the skies. 960 1280

  

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck arrives on the scene of a large fuel spill on the tarmac to contain hundreds of gallons of highly-flammable Jet A fuel. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw at Miami International Airport

Darius Bradshaw at Miami International Airport

Darius is in disbelief as he discovers that the manager of the fuel facility, Tom Doherty, risked his life by manually shutting off the fuel lines. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The morning after the fuel farm fire, many flights are cancelled due to the lack of fueling resources. Passengers on this flight and others departing MIA will make it to their destination after a tremendous effort of dozens of fueling trucks transporting Jet A fuel to the aircrafts. 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi radios crew members in Passport Control for assistance with directing long lines of passengers arriving on flights from Cuba. 960 1280

  

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca sips on a Cuban coffee while discussing how beautiful her homeland is. She is excited to bring presents to her friends and family back home. 960 1280

  

A TSA Checkpoint at MIA

A TSA Checkpoint at MIA

Luggage is transported through a TSA checkpoint while passengers’ belongings are scanned for prohibited items. 960 1280

  

Ramp workers at MIA

Ramp workers at MIA

Ramp workers at MIA have a busy day ahead loading luggage onto multiple flights to Cuba since many Cuban-American travelers take gifts back to their friends and families including clothing, electronics -- even the kitchen sink. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officer Kevin Kennedy

Customs and Border Protection officer Kevin Kennedy

Customs and Border Protection officer, Kevin Kennedy, inspects luggage for forms of illegal contraband. This includes fruits, vegetables and packaged meats. All of these items could contain pests that are a threat to American agriculture. 960 1280

  

A Customs and Border Protection officer

A Customs and Border Protection officer

A Customs and Border Protection officer unwraps the protective layer of green plastic wrap around the luggage so he can perform an inspection for fruits, vegetables and other forms of illegal contraband. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The airport is back on its feet, fueling planes with a new pump system after a long rebuilding process due to the fuel farm fire. It takes about 2,000 gallons of fuel per hour for an airport the size of MIA to function. 960 1280

  

Lauren visits the airfield

Lauren visits the airfield

Lauren visits the airfield while Customs and Border Protection performs inspections on luggage offloaded from Cuban flights. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue worker explains the severity of a large fuel spill on the tarmac to Captain Nick Marian. 960 1280

  

TSA Checkpoint J at MIA

TSA Checkpoint J at MIA

A group of passengers wait in line at TSA Checkpoint J while their luggage is scanned for liquids, gels, aerosols and other prohibited items that may trigger MIA's radar. 960 1280

  

MIA flights are back in action

MIA flights are back in action

One week after the fuel farm fire, a temporary pumping system allows the fuel facilities to work just shy of maximum capacity. MIA flights are back in action with only minimal help from fuel trucks during the busiest departure times of day. 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

  

The Hot List

Explore America’s most stunning scenery.
Join the conversation on Social Media!
Stay updated on the latest travel tips and trends.
Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss Travel Channel in your favorite social media feeds.