Airport 24/7: Hell or High Water Pictures

An accident at terminal F ruptures a water main, and the University of Alabama football team arrives for a championship game.

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Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis

Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis

Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis discuss the tactics involved in the undercover operation to catch thieves at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares keeps his eye out for any unusual activity at the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

MIA's security checkpoint

MIA's security checkpoint

An MIA passenger is thankful that Daniel Tabares is able to locate his watch that was left behind at the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue gives crew members instructions as they respond to a claustrophobic woman who is stuck in an elevator in the terminal. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw is concerned for the safety of an airport employee stuck inside an elevator. 960 1280

  

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department explains that if you find an item and don't turn it in, it’s considered a theft. 960 1280

  

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager, Darrell Brooks, reviews security footage of a man they have identified as the thief who took a tablet computer from the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso describes the strange items that passengers have lost at the airport. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian explains the dangers of extracting a woman from the top-hatch of an elevator since there are many moving parts involved. He shuts off the power to the elevator to prevent any fatal accidents. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz uses a special key to unlock the elevator door to rescue the airport employee trapped inside. 960 1280

  

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler reminds a passenger to check that he has all his belongings before leaving the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

TSA security checkpoint

TSA security checkpoint

Sharp objects, like this box of razor blades, are not allowed through TSA security checkpoints. 960 1280

  

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis is notified of an airport employee trapped inside an elevator. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares points out a suspiciously shaped object on the scanner. 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

  

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

  

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