Airport 24/7: Guns and Money Pictures

At Miami International Airport, a lucky employee wins the lottery and a passenger is caught transporting weapons.

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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
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

  

Miami International Airport
Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Operations Control Room agent Mario Ellis reports that an anonymous caller claims to have hidden 200 pounds of C-4 explosives on the sky train at Miami International Airport. 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 there are more incidents reported when there is a full moon. 960 1280

  

Terminal security specialist Ericka Middleton

Terminal security specialist Ericka Middleton

Terminal security specialist Ericka Middleton keeps an eye out for anything unusual, since strange things tend to happen during a full moon. 960 1280

  

TSA supervisor Anetra Chandler

TSA supervisor Anetra Chandler

TSA supervisor Anetra Chandler is bursting with energy after spotting a kangaroo traveling with a passenger. 960 1280

  

Rick Carerra

Rick Carerra

As an apron controller, Rick Carerra oversees the assignment of gates and posts flight information throughout the airport. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The elevator doors close moments before a power surge strikes, causing it to stop working, trapping deputy director Ken Pyatt. 960 1280

  

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez

Despite monitors and radios being unavailable, apron coordinator Khristine Perez is able to use a phone landline during the power outage to communicate with another tower. 960 1280

  

Danny Tabares

Danny Tabares

Danny Tabares describes how sometimes the items coming through the checkpoint are not prohibited, but they can be pretty strange. Spotting a kangaroo at the checkpoint is a first for MIA's TSA officers. 960 1280

  

Director of terminal operations Dickie Davis

Director of terminal operations Dickie Davis

Director of terminal operations Dickie Davis is happy that no explosives were found and the bomb threat was not credible. 960 1280

  

Terminal operations agent Ernesto Lopez

Terminal operations agent Ernesto Lopez

Terminal operations agent Ernesto Lopez tries to determine what floor the elevator with Ken Pyatt and other airport guests is stuck on. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw receives a call informing him that the deputy director is stuck in the elevator due to the power outage. 960 1280

  

Director of airfield operations Lonny Craven

Director of airfield operations Lonny Craven

Director of airfield operations Lonny Craven is notified of a tug carrying cargo that might be on fire. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responds to a smoking tug on the airfield that turns out to be a cryogenic container of bull semen being transported in liquid nitrogen. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officer Polanco

Customs and Border Protection officer Polanco

Customs and Border Protection officer Polanco shows a package that will be inspected for possible pests. 960 1280

  

Terminal operations senior agent Tony Cooper

Terminal operations senior agent Tony Cooper

Terminal operations senior agent Tony Cooper explains how he has heard of snakes, gators, cats and dogs -- but never a scorpion -- running loose inside customs. 960 1280

  

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Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Security Director Lauren Stover arrives at MIA ready to attend the Lamborghini event. But first, she has to ensure that all security measures are in place and all the visitors have been screened. 960 1280

  

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton waits for the Lamborghini drivers -- arriving on incoming flights -- who will attempt to break the land speed record. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Lamborghini drivers line up their cars on the runway for a quick photo opportunity. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Lauren performs a security sweep of all the Lamborghini drivers' credentials. 960 1280

  

Mario Fasanetto, a test driver for Lamborghini

Mario Fasanetto, a test driver for Lamborghini

Mario Fasanetto, a test driver for Lamborghini, tells Dickie Davis that the Lamborghinis will be traveling down the runway faster than a plane at takeoff. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Every Lamborghini arriving to the airfield is inspected by police officers and K9 units to ensure the safety and security of MIA’s employees and passengers. 960 1280

  

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann gives an interview about the importance of this event and how thrilled he is to have it at MIA. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Ericka watches as this Lamborghini prepares to roar down the runway. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Lauren goes over security details with an MIA employee before the Lamborghini event starts. 960 1280

  

Lamborghinis at MIA

Lamborghinis at MIA

The Lamborghinis line up for a photo session. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Lauren stops for an interview to discuss all the planning that has gone into the day’s event. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

After a Lamborghini races down the runway, Dickie, Ericka, Ken and Lonnie are ready to hear the results. Was the 200-mph speed record broken? 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Airport officials and the Lamborghini crew gather for a group photo to commemorate the successful event. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby watches the Lamborghinis drive off the runway. The runway must be reopened quickly so the Lufthansa A380 can depart on time and airport operations can return to normal. 960 1280

  

David Rios

David Rios

Customs and Border Protection officer David Rios and his K9 partner search thousands of bags daily at international baggage claim. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw alerts all units that an evacuation is in progress due to a bomb threat. 960 1280

  

The B-Word

The B-Word

After a passenger mentions the “b-word,” Terminal Operations senior agent Heidi Anthony explains that the police will be called, and you will have to answer lots of questions if you say the word "bomb" at the airport. 960 1280

  

Monica Wilsher

Monica Wilsher

Flying Food Group general manager Monica Wilsher shows what a special-ordered meal looks like. 960 1280

  

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover

Security director Lauren Stover advises that you keep the word "bomb" out of your vocabulary at the airport. 960 1280

  

Ricardo Cutino

Ricardo Cutino

Customs and Border Protection officer Ricardo Cutino searches thoroughly through a passenger's bag after a K9 alerts for narcotics. 960 1280

  

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt, Deputy Director of MIA, on his way to catch the inaugural arrival of the new 747-800 aircraft. 960 1280

  

New 747

New 747

The new 747-800 is 18 feet longer than the previous 747 model, the 747-400, and carries 51 more passengers. 960 1280

  

Zulaikha Tokhi

Zulaikha Tokhi

Lufthansa duty manager Zulaikha Tokhi waits to hear from the ground crew so she can begin to measure the Lufthansa jet bridge to fit onto the door of the new 747-800. 960 1280

  

Rene Largaespada

Rene Largaespada

Flying Food Group transportation manager Rene Largaespada gets an update as he oversees several international flights being loaded and unloaded at once. 960 1280

  

Working Hard

Working Hard

Customs and Border Protection, cleaners and catering crew all work simultaneously in tight quarters with a very quick turnaround for an international flight. 960 1280

  

International Trash

International Trash

Up to about 400 lbs. of international trash can be removed from a single flight. 960 1280

  

Robert Skafidas

Robert Skafidas

Customs and Border Protection officer Robert Skafidas and his crew prepare to board an international flight to check for any abandoned food or trash that may be contaminated with pests. 960 1280

  

The Lufthansa airline gate

The Lufthansa airline gate

At the Lufthansa airline gate, ground personnel prepare for a quick turnaround of a huge aircraft, while Zulaikha and Stefan look at the list of passengers that will be flying to Frankfurt, Germany, on the Lufthansa A380. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The Lufthansa A380 glides down the airfield with the help of tower control and ramp workers guiding the aircraft. The runway leading to Gate J17 is built especially wide to handle the massive width of this airplane. 960 1280

  

MIA's Rental Car Center

MIA's Rental Car Center

Passengers wait to pick up and drop off rental cars at the Rental Car Center, which is directly adjacent to MIA. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie keep a close eye on security monitors to watch the crowds backing up in the terminal. The evacuation, due to the bomb threat, has forced delayed passengers to flood the Rental Car Center. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Lauren Stover shares all the different types of smells the police K9s are trained to track, from drugs and explosives to high quantities of money and international agriculture. 960 1280

  

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi discusses why it is an important security measure to follow the rules of the road on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Lufthansa Airbus A380

Lufthansa Airbus A380

MIA ramp crews load passengers' baggage onto the Lufthansa Airbus A380 flight departing for Frankfurt, Germany. 960 1280

  

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony gets a call to help calm passengers that are bottlenecking by MIA’s People Mover. Until the security threat at the Rental Car Center has been cleared by the bomb squad, Heidi must keep the crowds informed. 960 1280

  

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Due to security measures, passengers that are unable to board a flight must have their luggage removed from the plane. Every time Albert has to retrieve a delayed passenger’s luggage, his other duties on the airfield have to be put aside. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie explain the impact of the evacuation of the Rental Car Center on airport operations. 960 1280

  

The Lufthansa airline gate

The Lufthansa airline gate

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

  

Senior Terminal Operations agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations agent Tony Cooper takes pride in his work at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Zulaikha and Stefan high-five

Zulaikha and Stefan high-five

Knowing the flight will depart on time to Frankfurt, Zulaikha and Stefan high-five on the Lufthansa jet bridge. 960 1280

  

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