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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Heidi is on the lookout
Heidi is on the lookout

Heidi is on the lookout

Heidi is on the lookout for the car accident victim’s loved one. The search becomes a little easier now that she has a description of Ing, who just arrived at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

The car gets towed

The car gets towed

The car being towed from the accident scene, while traffic backs up in the distance. 960 1280

  

The entrance to MIA

The entrance to MIA

From the peaceful entrance of MIA, you would never know how much hustle and bustle is taking place beyond its doors. 960 1280

  

A test kit for cocaine

A test kit for cocaine

With this test kit, if a confiscated substance mixes with cocaine salts and turns blue, then it has tested positive for cocaine. During this Customs and Border Patrol drug bust, 27 kilos of cocaine are confiscated. 960 1280

  

Traffic continues to build

Traffic continues to build

Frustration builds as the traffic continues to pile up. 960 1280

  

Darius takes a call

Darius takes a call

Darius takes a call from the operations control room about a situation developing in the terminal. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Patrol canine

Customs and Border Patrol canine

This Customs and Border Patrol canine is ready for a treat -- and a nap -- after a successful drug bust! 960 1280

  

Marcos Pacheco from LAN Cargo

Marcos Pacheco from LAN Cargo

Marcos Pacheco from LAN Cargo chats with the crew while he waits for pallets of flowers to be unloaded. 960 1280

  

Cargo awaits

Cargo awaits

The cargo on the plane waits to be inspected by Customs and Border Patrol. 960 1280

  

LAN Cargo employees

LAN Cargo employees

LAN Cargo employees get ready for the Valentine's Day rush. Additional shipments of flowers from South America will all need to be searched thoroughly for possible drugs. 960 1280

  

An airfield employee

An airfield employee

An airfield employee waits for cargo to be offloaded. 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

  

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Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi prepares to push back a cargo plane now that the lockdown has been lifted from the airfield. The president has landed safely, and the ramp workers are back to work! 960 1280

  

The front entrance to Miami International Airport

The front entrance to Miami International Airport

A colorful avenue of flags greets travelers at the front entrance to Miami International Airport -- amid the 100,000 passengers who will arrive and depart this day is the president of the United States. 960 1280

  

Albert pushes back an aircraft

Albert pushes back an aircraft

Albert pushes back an aircraft so it can taxi the runway. With hundreds of flights departing MIA, every minute counts on the ramp. 960 1280

  

Heidi responds to a radio call

Heidi responds to a radio call

Heidi responds to a radio call about a group of international passengers who have been stuck in an elevator for over 20 minutes. Hopefully they don't miss their flights home. 960 1280

  

A cargo plane on a busy day

A cargo plane on a busy day

A long rubber tube transports air into a cargo plane on a busy day of arrivals and departures. 960 1280

  

A TSA explosive detection K9 team

A TSA explosive detection K9 team

A TSA explosive detection K9 team sweeps cargo, checking for any potential threats. With over 2 million tons of cargo passing through MIA each year, it is vital that every single pallet is swept. 960 1280

  

Ericka recaps the car crash

Ericka recaps the car crash

Ericka recaps the car crash in the Miami Canal after personally speaking with the driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Fortunately, the driver did not sustain any injuries and was most concerned about having gotten her hair wet when her car hit the water. 960 1280

  

Lauren stands by on the airfield

Lauren stands by on the airfield

Lauren stands by on the airfield while a bee handler collects bees that have swarmed around one of the gates, halting planes from moving into the area. 960 1280

  

Passengers mingle throughout the concourse

Passengers mingle throughout the concourse

Passengers mingle throughout the concourse, and check out all the shopping and restaurants offered at MIA while the airfield is in lockdown. 960 1280

  

Darius visits "Coop"

Darius visits "Coop"

Darius is relieved that the president has landed and made it to his destination safely. He stretches his legs by taking a walk around the terminal and visits his buddy "Coop," aka Tony Cooper, who has served over 30 years at the airport. 960 1280

  

Ericka gets a good laugh out of this traveler

Ericka gets a good laugh out of this traveler

Delays caused by Air Force One’s arrival make many passengers upset. But Ericka gets a good laugh out of this traveler, who is rather upbeat despite the wait. 960 1280

  

Aircraft sit at the gate

Aircraft sit at the gate

Aircraft sit at the gate while the arrival of Air Force One forces the entire airfield into lockdown. 960 1280

  

Passengers check out the digital flight information displays

Passengers check out the digital flight information displays

Passengers check out the digital flight information displays to see if their flights are affected by the airfield lockdown. 960 1280

  

Heidi rushes to an elevator

Heidi rushes to an elevator

Heidi rushes to an elevator where a group of international passengers are stuck on board. With her excellent customer service skills, Heidi plans to calm the passengers down -- and help them make it to their flight on time. 960 1280

  

Sunset at MIA

Sunset at MIA

The president and his motorcade safely depart for DC, shortly after the sunset at MIA. 960 1280

  

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi drives a tug to a cargo flight that is ready to be offloaded at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares explains that a large shipment of flowers coming into MIA from South America will have to be inspected for illegal contraband. 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 a plane’s brake indicator light has come on, which means there could be a dangerous situation. The plane will have to be inspected immediately. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula

Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula

Operations Control Room Agents Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula keep an eye on a plane that has issued an alert 2 for a brake fault. If this turns into an alert 3, there could be imminent danger to the passengers. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby tells the crew how a stray dog named Simon living at the airport has become a danger to himself and airfield operations. 960 1280

  

Apron Controller Kristine Perez

Apron Controller Kristine Perez

Apron Controller Kristine Perez explains that whenever an alert aircraft arrives, it is her department’s job to maintain the safety of the passengers and airfield personnel and to make sure rescue units are standing by. 960 1280

  

Cargo pallets

Cargo pallets

Eighty-five percent of all the cut flowers that are imported into the US come through MIA, mostly from South America. These cargo pallets full of flowers will be swept by Customs and Border Protection K-9 Units trained to alert authorities to the scent of drugs. 960 1280

  

Simon the stray dog

Simon the stray dog

Simon the stray dog runs to hide while rescue units attempt to lure him in with food. 960 1280

  

Eduardo Calle

Eduardo Calle

Eduardo Calle explains how Simon the stray dog has been running loose for quite some time near the limousine lot at the airport. 960 1280

  

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony keeps her eye on a young woman who has just arrived from Cuba. The girl is nauseous and upset because she has left her loved ones behind to move to the US. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers search through boxes of imported flowers for narcotics. Since it's just before Valentine's Day, they have to search over 200 pallets of cut flowers. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover watches as employees attempt to catch Simon the stray dog. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo and his K-9 finish inspecting the pallets of flowers. This K-9 alerted to a particular pallet that was taken for further inspection. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez hands off packages and luggage to be scanned through the X-ray van. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The total length of MIA’s runways and taxiways is 142,526 feet. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA oversees over 1,180 flights per day. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA’s Lost and Found has housed thousands of passports, pillows, bikes, blankets, jackets and jewelry -- and literally, a kitchen sink. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has burrowing owls, a protected species, living on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

55,000 bags a day travel along MIA’s 17 miles of baggage belts. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA’s hangar office complex can accommodate 3 B747 and 1 DC10 aircrafts inside and still close the doors. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

On average, 30,000 vehicles drop off and pick up passengers every day - equal to more than 11 million vehicles each year. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA and its related aviation industries contribute 282,043 jobs to Miami’s local economy -- equaling one out of every 4.1 jobs. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA was known as Pan American Field from 1928 to 1937 and 36th Street Airport from 1937 to 1949 before being officially designated as Miami International Airport in 1949. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA accounts for more than 50% of all the moving equipment (escalator, elevator and moving sidewalks) in Miami-Dade County. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA uses the equivalent of 19,018 miles of paper towels each year. This is equal to nearly 6 trips from Miami to Seattle. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has one of only 4 tunnels in the state of Florida (2 of the others are at Disney World). 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

In 2011, 38.3 million passengers traveled through Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Employee shuttles make more than 1,150 trips per day, transporting more than 15,000 employees daily between the employee parking lot and MIA. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has more flights to and from Cuba than any other airport in the United States. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA's janitorial staff cleans seven million square feet of terminal space weekly which is equivalent to 122 football fields. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA's Operations Control Room initiates approximately 600 emergency notifications annually, which equals 50 per month or nearly 2 a day. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The Lost and Found department receives 1,200 lost items per month and on average, 42% of the lost items are returned to the owners. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has one of the longest linear passenger terminals in North America, stretching 1.4 miles. 960 1280

  

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