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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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

  

The Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis
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

  

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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

  

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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

  

Dog Handler

Dog Handler

A dog handler puts his pup’s blue singlet on to indicate he is a guide dog. 960 1280

  

Guide Puppy

Guide Puppy

One of the guide puppies sits in the airport’s dog park preparing to practice navigating a busy international terminal. 960 1280

  

John Tobon of Homeland Security Investigations

John Tobon of Homeland Security Investigations

John Tobon of Homeland Security Investigations talks about the potential security problems that can take place at an airfield entry checkpoint. 960 1280

  

Daniel Tabares

Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor, Daniel Tabares, closely watches a TSA checkpoint during a security incident. 960 1280

  

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez

Apron Controller, Khristine Perez, scans flight monitors awaiting the arrival of a diverted flight from Cuba that had to refuel. 960 1280

  

Heidi Anthony

Heidi Anthony

Terminal operations senior agent, Heidi Anthony, explains how flights from Cuba can only land at Miami International and Tampa International airports due to Customs and Border Protection regulations. 960 1280

  

President Obama's Arrival

President Obama's Arrival

Miami-Dade police officers are seen on patrol awaiting President Obama's arrival. 960 1280

  

Christian Smith

Christian Smith

Miami-Dade police sergeant, Christian Smith, finds abandoned traffic vests, construction helmets and an airport employee ID badge while patrolling the terminal. 960 1280

  

Causing a Stir

Causing a Stir

President Obama’s arrival at MIA causes all other air and land traffic in the area to come to a halt until the President is off the airfield. 960 1280

  

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton

Terminal security specialist, Ericka Middleton, talks about how guide dogs have to go through standard screening measures at TSA checkpoints when traveling with the seeing impaired. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis

Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis, explains the importance of having guide dogs train at MIA. 960 1280

  

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