Airport 24/7: Homeland Security Pictures

A high-stakes visit from the head of Homeland Security starts with a scare and escalates to a nightmare.

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Darius Bradshaw
Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Operations control room agent, Darius Bradshaw, waits for a response after paging a passenger that has dropped off a ticking bag. 960 1280

  

Salvador Flores

Salvador Flores

Customs and Border Protection officer Salvador Flores explains that all operations near the ticking bag have been shut down. Flights cannot leave and no one is allowed in the area. 960 1280

  

Fire Rescue Truck

Fire Rescue Truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck approaches the ticking bag perimeter on the airfield. 960 1280

Switch Blade Posse  

Bomb Squad

Bomb Squad

A member of the Miami-Dade Police bomb squad prepares to carefully investigate a ticking device located inside a passenger's bag. 960 1280

  

K-9 Unit

K-9 Unit

Miami-Dade Police bring in the K-9 unit to sweep the remaining bags for any potential explosives. 960 1280

  

Tony Cooper

Tony Cooper

Terminal operations senior agent, Tony Cooper, describes how calms passengers down who are concerned about what has caused an evacuation to a section of the terminal. 960 1280

  

Clearing the Luggage

Clearing the Luggage

Explosive detection police K-9s use their keen sense of smell to sweep and clear all luggage onboard the flight carrying a ticking bag. 960 1280

  

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover

Although the K-9 sweep cleared the rest of the bags of any explosives, Lauren Stover stays in contact with the police to find out what is in the bag, as well as what the passenger's intentions are. 960 1280

  

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt

Deputy director, Ken Pyatt, describes how the ticking bag incident is delaying flight departures from this section of the airfield. 960 1280

  

Steven Eisman

Steven Eisman

A passenger hands Customs and Border Protection supervisor, Steven Eisman, a bag containing chunks of wood from a 5,000-year-old tree. A Customs and Border Protection Agricultural Specialist will inspect the wood for pests. 960 1280

  

Explosive Device

Explosive Device

What appears to be a cuddly teddy bear is, in fact, an improvised explosive device used in a TSA demonstration to show how terrorists can conceal threatening weapons. 960 1280

  

Daniel Tabares

Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor, Daniel Tabares, describes the Richard Reid shoe-bombing incident. Richard Reid was an Englishman who attempted to detonate explosives packed into his shoes on a flight to Miami. 960 1280

  

Tony Cooper
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

Switch Blade Posse  

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

Switch Blade Posse  

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

Switch Blade Posse  

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

  

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

  

Photos

Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Operations control room agent, Darius Bradshaw, waits for a response after paging a passenger that has dropped off a ticking bag. 960 1280

  

Salvador Flores

Salvador Flores

Customs and Border Protection officer Salvador Flores explains that all operations near the ticking bag have been shut down. Flights cannot leave and no one is allowed in the area. 960 1280

  

Fire Rescue Truck

Fire Rescue Truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck approaches the ticking bag perimeter on the airfield. 960 1280

Switch Blade Posse  

Bomb Squad

Bomb Squad

A member of the Miami-Dade Police bomb squad prepares to carefully investigate a ticking device located inside a passenger's bag. 960 1280

  

K-9 Unit

K-9 Unit

Miami-Dade Police bring in the K-9 unit to sweep the remaining bags for any potential explosives. 960 1280

  

Tony Cooper

Tony Cooper

Terminal operations senior agent, Tony Cooper, describes how calms passengers down who are concerned about what has caused an evacuation to a section of the terminal. 960 1280

  

Clearing the Luggage

Clearing the Luggage

Explosive detection police K-9s use their keen sense of smell to sweep and clear all luggage onboard the flight carrying a ticking bag. 960 1280

  

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover

Although the K-9 sweep cleared the rest of the bags of any explosives, Lauren Stover stays in contact with the police to find out what is in the bag, as well as what the passenger's intentions are. 960 1280

  

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt

Deputy director, Ken Pyatt, describes how the ticking bag incident is delaying flight departures from this section of the airfield. 960 1280

  

Steven Eisman

Steven Eisman

A passenger hands Customs and Border Protection supervisor, Steven Eisman, a bag containing chunks of wood from a 5,000-year-old tree. A Customs and Border Protection Agricultural Specialist will inspect the wood for pests. 960 1280

  

Explosive Device

Explosive Device

What appears to be a cuddly teddy bear is, in fact, an improvised explosive device used in a TSA demonstration to show how terrorists can conceal threatening weapons. 960 1280

  

Daniel Tabares

Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor, Daniel Tabares, describes the Richard Reid shoe-bombing incident. Richard Reid was an Englishman who attempted to detonate explosives packed into his shoes on a flight to Miami. 960 1280

  

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

Switch Blade Posse  

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

Switch Blade Posse  

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

Switch Blade Posse  

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

  

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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