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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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

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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

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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

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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

  

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

  

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw
Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw looks at the monitors and observes the traffic backing up due to a bus crash. Visit the Airport 24/7 site to learn more! 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover stops for an interview about the Lamborghini event. A lot of planning has gone into it, and she is anxious for it to go smoothly. 960 1280

  

An attempt to break a Lamborghini speed record

An attempt to break a Lamborghini speed record

Dickie, Ericka, Ken and Lonnie watch a bright red Lamborghini race by in an attempt to break the Lamborghini speed record. 960 1280

  

Casey the canine ambassador

Casey the canine ambassador

Casey the canine ambassador and her owner, Liz, interact with a passenger who enjoys a little taste of home life while traveling. Casey has a way of putting smiles on the faces of everyone she meets. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis

Dickie Davis

As the cameras roll, Dickie Davis explains the programs the airport has put into place to keep passengers' spirits up as they deal with the rigors of traveling. 960 1280

  

Paramedics arrive

Paramedics arrive

Paramedics arrive to treat passengers who have been injured in a bus crash on airport grounds. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan check potentially counterfeit merchandise that was flagged while going through the X-ray machine. 960 1280

  

Division Director of Airside Operations Lonny Craven

Division Director of Airside Operations Lonny Craven

Division Director of Airside Operations Lonny Craven explains the importance of removing damaged planes from the airfield in a timely fashion. 960 1280

  

Damaged planes

Damaged planes

A collision of 2 planes on the airfield causes damage to the tips of the wings. This will result in repairs that will cost time and money and will try the patience of passengers expecting to depart for France. 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony stands in front of the damaged wing. Hundreds of passengers onboard this flight were jarred when this plane clipped another plane's wing. 960 1280

  

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi discusses why it’s important to follow the rules of the road on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Stefan Krumbiegel

Stefan Krumbiegel

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

  

Passengers stand in line

Passengers stand in line

Passengers stand in line waiting to pick up and drop off rental cars. 960 1280

  

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA: Michelle -- traveling home for medical reasons -- is inspired by a local drummer, who listens intently to her story. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

An airfield fender-bender delays passengers on an outbound international flight. The incident caused 350 passengers to seek alternate travel arrangements. 960 1280

  

Photos

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

  

Lauren and Lonny

Lauren and Lonny

Security director, Lauren Stover, and Lonny Craven go over details for the car vs. jet event at Opa Locka Airport. 960 1280

  

Opa Locka Airport

Opa Locka Airport

Opa Locka Airport hosts a race where aviation legend Barrington Irving pits a supercar against a jet. 960 1280

  

Excitement Mounts

Excitement Mounts

Prior to the race, enthusiasm and excitement mounts for everyone involved. 960 1280

  

K-9 Partner

K-9 Partner

Lauren Stover walks with a Miami-Dade Police Officer and his K-9 partner before performing security sweeps on the airfield at Opa Locka Airport. 960 1280

  

The Supercar

The Supercar

Barrington Irving stands in front of a supercar that he built with a group of under-privileged kids. 960 1280

  

Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving explains how proud he is of the group of kids who helped him build the supercar he will race. 960 1280

  

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services, Henry Castellanos, explains how the jet might not have an advantage over the supercar. The car that Barrington will be driving is capable of going from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. 960 1280

  

Henry Castellanos Pilots the Jet

Henry Castellanos Pilots the Jet

Henry Castellanos pilots the jet in a practice run to master a U-turn that is critical to the outcome of the race 960 1280

  

Lauren and Ken

Lauren and Ken

With all the security sweeps complete, Lauren and Ken Pyatt watch as the supercar and jet line up for the main event. 960 1280

  

Youth Member

Youth Member

A member of the youth organization who helped build the supercar watches the race. 960 1280

  

Emilio Monti

Emilio Monti

One of Barrington's crew members, Emilio Monti, investigates the undercarriage of the supercar after it overheats on the airport’s taxiway. 960 1280

  

Lonny, Ken and Lauren

Lonny, Ken and Lauren

Lonny meets up with Ken and Lauren on the airfield after the car vs. jet race is over. 960 1280

  

Officer Stretch Rutledge

Officer Stretch Rutledge

Officer Stretch Rutledge describes how a rebellious passenger broke the chair of another passenger's seat on an incoming flight. 960 1280

  

Meet the Crew of MIA

Meet the Crew of MIA

Meet the crew from Miami International Airport on Airport 24/7 (L-R): Albert, Heidi, Dickie, Ken, Lauren, Ericka, Darius, Stretch and Tony. 960 1280

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Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi

Ramp duty manager Albert Cordeschi (“Ramp Ringleader”) poses on the runway underneath an airplane. 960 1280

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Miami International Airport Entrance

Miami International Airport Entrance

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

  

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton

Terminal security agent Ericka Middleton (“The Charmer”) poses in the main concourse. 960 1280

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The K9 Unit

The K9 Unit

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 be swept. The K9 will sit to alert the TSA agent if it has detected the scent of explosives. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis

Dickie Davis

Director of terminal operations Dickie Davis (“First Lady of MIA”) radios the airport’s information counter that she will check lost and found for a British couple's luggage. 960 1280

  

Tony Cooper

Tony Cooper

Terminal operations senior agent Tony Cooper (“The Mayor”) poses by the escalator in his golf cart. 960 1280

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Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy with US Customs and Border Protection inspects luggage arriving from Cuba for hidden contraband. These bags have been run through an X-ray scanner that reveals shapes on the screen that have been flagged for further inspection. 960 1280

  

Overflowing Lost and Found

Overflowing Lost and Found

The lost and found is overflowing with unclaimed items, from cash to luggage to laptops. These items are safely stored at MIA for 60 days. After that, items still left unclaimed are given to Goodwill. 960 1280

  

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt

Deputy director of operations Ken Pyatt (“The Boss”) poses by the moving walkway. 960 1280

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Stretch Rutledge

Stretch Rutledge

Miami-Dade County motorcycle officer Stretch Rutledge (“MIA’s Gentle Giant”) poses on his motorcycle by the departures drop-off at MIA. 960 1280

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Heidi Anthony

Heidi Anthony

Terminal operations senior agent Heidi Anthony (“Your Princess in Shining Armor”) listens intently to the ticket agent discuss problems that the airline is experiencing with getting all passengers checked in for a French flight. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Terminal operations control room agent Darius Bradshaw (“Mr. Cool”) intently watches the monitors to see what's going on in the terminal. 960 1280

  

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover

Director of security Lauren Stover (“Supreme Queen of Security”) is relieved at the outcome of the penalty-box scare and explains why security is so important. You can never be too careful when you are dealing with safety and human lives, she says. 960 1280

  

Airfield in MIA

Airfield in MIA

A wide-angled shot of the airfield at MIA. 960 1280

  

Daniel Tabares

Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares performs a second screening of a carry-on item, checking for prohibited items like liquids, gels and aerosols over 3.4 ounces. 960 1280

  

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