Airport 24/7: Dogs, Guns and Gold Pictures

President Obama comes to Miami International again. Only this time, Air Force One's arrival diverts a flight from Cuba that is low on fuel.

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Tony Cooper

Tony Cooper

Terminal Operations senior agent Tony Cooper spots a large group of birds, which can pose a major danger to aircrafts. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw notifies the wildlife abatement team that there are reports of birds in the area. 960 1280

  

Norman Hegedus

Norman Hegedus

MIA's Aviation Environmental Planner Norman Hegedus explains the dangers that birds can pose to an aircraft, and how the airport scares the birds away. 960 1280

  

Undeclared Weapons

Undeclared Weapons

Undeclared weapons are discovered by Customs and Border Protection during a random cargo inspection. 960 1280

  

Finding Weapons

Finding Weapons

Customs and Border Protection officer Bolivar rewards her K-9 after finding weapons inside cargo. 960 1280

  

Fire Trucks

Fire Trucks

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue trucks follow an airplane that has landed with a cracked windshield due to a bird strike. 960 1280

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Wildlife Abatement Team

Wildlife Abatement Team

The wildlife abatement team uses propane cannons to scare birds away from all arriving and departing aircrafts. 960 1280

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Robert Del Toro

Robert Del Toro

Customs and Border Protection officer Robert Del Toro explains that his team seizes any items that do not meet safety guidelines, like items made with lead-based paint. 960 1280

  

Alejandro Juan

Alejandro Juan

Customs and Border Protection officer Alejandro Juan looks through items that have been detained because of copyright infringement. 960 1280

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Robert Del Toro

Robert Del Toro

Customs and Border Protection officer Robert Del Toro explains that some counterfeit items seized by CBP end up being destroyed. 960 1280

  

Fallen Marine

Fallen Marine

MIA hosts an emotional tribute to a fallen marine. 960 1280

  

K-9 Training Area

K-9 Training Area

Miami-Dade Police officers utilize MIA's new K-9 training area. 960 1280

  

The Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis

The Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis

The Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis, radios to the Information Counter that she is going to check the Lost and Found for a British couple's missing luggage. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw keeps his radio close at hand

Darius Bradshaw keeps his radio close at hand

Darius Bradshaw keeps his radio close at hand so he can communicate the latest details on the whereabouts of the baggage thief to the terminal operations agents as he checks the security cameras at the airport. 960 1280

  

Dickie ventures through lost and found

Dickie ventures through lost and found

Dickie ventures through a cascade of items hoping to uncover the British couple's missing baggage, after Ernie informs her that the checkered suitcase she is looking for is not in the system. 960 1280

  

MIA's baggage belt system is 10 miles long

MIA's baggage belt system is 10 miles long

MIA's baggage belt system is 10 miles long and processes roughly 3,800 bags per hour. It takes a lot of manpower to haul 100,000 passengers-worth of belongings to and from airplanes every day -- the ramp crews must make every minute count so flights aren't delayed! 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room

Operations Control Room

The Operations Control room is the nerve center of Miami International Airport. When Darius Bradshaw spots a suspicious individual lurking around the baggage carousels at MIA, he radios the terminal operations agents to investigate. 960 1280

  

Lost and Found at MIA

Lost and Found at MIA

Dickie Davis is awestruck at some of the items that passengers leave behind while traveling through MIA. Ernie Alonso shows off a NFL football signed by a player -- not one of the strangest but one surely missed by its owner. 960 1280

  

Lauren sweeps the airfield

Lauren sweeps the airfield

Lauren sweeps the airfield while the Miami-Dade Police Department sets up for their luggage sting. With the K9 units ready to deploy, no baggage thief is going to escape from MIA with a passenger's personal belongings tonight! 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper talks about some of his craziest experiences from his 38 years working at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Dickie calls the Information Counter

Dickie calls the Information Counter

After visiting Lost and Found, Dickie calls the Information Counter to let them know that the British couple's lost luggage was not turned in. The airline issues the couple a voucher to cover the cost of their missing belongings. 960 1280

  

Sunset over the airfield

Sunset over the airfield

Jacqueline and Clinton return home to London without their belongings, but they are promised a $315 voucher for the wrongdoings of the luggage thief. Security never sleeps at MIA -- even during this beautiful sunset reflecting over the airfield. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw looks at the monitors and observes the traffic backing up due to a bus crash. Visit the Airport 24/7 site to learn more! 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover stops for an interview about the Lamborghini event. A lot of planning has gone into it, and she is anxious for it to go smoothly. 960 1280

  

An attempt to break a Lamborghini speed record

An attempt to break a Lamborghini speed record

Dickie, Ericka, Ken and Lonnie watch a bright red Lamborghini race by in an attempt to break the Lamborghini speed record. 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. Casey has a way of putting smiles on the faces of everyone she meets. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis

Dickie Davis

As the cameras roll, Dickie Davis explains the programs the airport has put into place to keep passengers' spirits up as they deal with the rigors of traveling. 960 1280

  

Paramedics arrive

Paramedics arrive

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

  

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan check potentially counterfeit merchandise that was flagged while going through the X-ray machine. 960 1280

  

Division Director of Airside Operations Lonny Craven

Division Director of Airside Operations Lonny Craven

Division Director of Airside Operations Lonny Craven explains the importance of removing damaged planes from the airfield in a timely fashion. 960 1280

  

Damaged planes

Damaged planes

A collision of 2 planes on the airfield causes damage to the tips of the wings. This will result in repairs that will cost time and money and will try the patience of passengers expecting to depart for France. 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony stands in front of the damaged wing. Hundreds of passengers onboard this flight were jarred when this plane clipped another plane's wing. 960 1280

  

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi discusses why it’s important to follow the rules of the road on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Stefan Krumbiegel

Stefan Krumbiegel

Stefan Krumbiegel explains how passengers on the overbooked Lufthansa flight are offered compensation to downgrade from business class. 960 1280

  

Passengers stand in line

Passengers stand in line

Passengers stand in line waiting to pick up and drop off rental cars. 960 1280

  

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA: Michelle -- traveling home for medical reasons -- is inspired by a local drummer, who listens intently to her story. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

An airfield fender-bender delays passengers on an outbound international flight. The incident caused 350 passengers to seek alternate travel arrangements. 960 1280

  

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