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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Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

When a Russian family runs out of money and have maxed out their credit cards, Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony uses her charm to help get their baggage fees waived. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover receives a call alerting her that 2 airplanes just clipped wings on the runway. 960 1280

  

Lonny Craven, Division Director for Airside Operations

Lonny Craven, Division Director for Airside Operations

Lonny Craven, Division Director for Airside Operations, explains the importance of removing the damaged planes from the airfield in a timely fashion in order to resume normal operations. 960 1280

  

Airport 24/7

Airport 24/7

The impact from a collision of 2 planes on the airfield causes damage to the tips of the wings. This will require repairs that will cost time, money and try the patience of passengers expecting to depart for France. 960 1280

  

Heidi gets an update from the Deputy Director Ken Pyatt

Heidi gets an update from the Deputy Director Ken Pyatt

Heidi gets an update from the Deputy Director Ken Pyatt about the damage sustained from the impact -- more than 300 passengers are now going to have to rebook, and many may have to spend the night in Miami. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw receives a call about the accident on the airfield. He is relieved there were no injuries, but he knows that frustrated passengers will soon be entering the terminal. 960 1280

  

Apron Controller Khristine Perez

Apron Controller Khristine Perez

Apron Controller Khristine Perez knows that the damaged planes will cause a domino effect of delays due to the tight schedule of planes arriving and departing. 960 1280

  

Paramedic Chief Stephen Kilby

Paramedic Chief Stephen Kilby

Paramedic Chief Stephen Kilby awaits the sea of passengers from an 8-hour flight from Argentina. 960 1280

  

Airport 24/7

Airport 24/7

One of the passengers delayed due to the clipped wing incident shares his frustrations with the camera crew of Airport 24/7. 960 1280

  

Fire Rescue is on standby

Fire Rescue is on standby

Fire Rescue is on standby at the accident site while the plane is inspected to check for any jet fuel spills. 960 1280

  

Terminal Security Specialist Ericka Middleton

Terminal Security Specialist Ericka Middleton

After the airplane collision on the airfield causes delays and panic, Terminal Security Specialist Ericka Middleton gets a call to help with the passengers who have arrived from Argentina. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection's Beagle Brigade

Customs and Border Protection's Beagle Brigade

With 100,000 passengers traveling each day through MIA, Customs and Border Protection's Beagle Brigade keeps the front door to the United States free of illegal agricultural products. 960 1280

  

Albert Cordeshi

Albert Cordeshi

Albert Cordeshi takes a moment away from his busy schedule of fueling planes, offloading cargo and directing airfield traffic. 960 1280

  

Stranded at MIA

Stranded at MIA

Operations control room agent Darius Bradshaw is notified of a nationwide airline computer problem that causes many passengers to be stranded at the airport. 960 1280

  

Passengers Stuck at MIA

Passengers Stuck at MIA

Senior terminal ops agent Heidi Anthony talks to passengers in need of assistance after flights on a major airline carrier are grounded due to a nationwide computer failure. 960 1280

  

Passengers Stuck at MIA

Passengers Stuck at MIA

Daniel Vickers attempts to calm passengers’ frustrations by passing out snacks and water. 960 1280

  

Checked Bags at MIA

Checked Bags at MIA

JBT AeroTech regional manager Gilbert Lopez describes how a laser reads the barcode on checked bags to keep track of their location. 960 1280

  

Liquor in a carry-on bag

Liquor in a carry-on bag

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares identifies a bottle of liquor inside a passenger’s carryon bag. Bottles of alcohol must either be checked with the passenger's luggage, or be voluntarily abandoned and destroyed. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection inspecting

Customs and Border Protection inspecting

Customs and Border Protection inspects every piece of luggage on a flight after confirming that some of the bags contained large amounts of cocaine. 960 1280

  

Passengers sleep at the airport

Passengers sleep at the airport

Dickie Davis and Heidi Anthony discuss sleeping arrangements for passengers who are stuck overnight at the airport. 960 1280

  

Towing planes at MIA

Towing planes at MIA

Due to the nationwide airline computer system failure, there are only a limited number of operational gates available at MIA. Ramp duty manager Albert Cordeschi quickly works to tow planes to the few open gates. 960 1280

  

Computer failure at MIA is resolved

Computer failure at MIA is resolved

Eulen America employees are notified that the airline with the computer system failure is back up and running. 960 1280

  

Illegal drugs found at MIA

Illegal drugs found at MIA

A Customs and Border Protection officer tests a small amount of the powdery substance from the contraband seizure to determine the type of narcotic that was smuggled into the country. 960 1280

  

Illegal drugs found at MIA

Illegal drugs found at MIA

Customs and Border Protection officers discover a huge shipment of an illegal narcotic and get ready to perform a field test to determine whether it is cocaine, heroine or methamphetamine. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Danny Tabares

TSA Supervisor Danny Tabares

TSA supervisor Danny Tabares admits that he has seen a lot of strange items come through the TSA checkpoint … but a walrus penis bone is definitely one of the strangest. 960 1280

  

Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi is on his way to offload the bags from a cancelled flight to Berlin. 960 1280

  

Chief Stephen Kilby

Chief Stephen Kilby

Chief Stephen Kilby explains that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is overseeing the loading of 8 valuable horses. Fire Rescue is present because if a horse should run away or get lose, the staff of MIA could have a catastrophe on their hands. 960 1280

  

Michele Green

Michele Green

China Airlines cargo sales representative, Michele Green checks the flight manifesto for the departing cargo plane. 960 1280

  

Robert Conyers

Robert Conyers

Customs broker and freight forwarder Robert Conyers shows China Airlines’ Michele Green the proper way to pack the ball python snakes for travel. 960 1280

  

Ball Python

Ball Python

Robert Conyers explains that the ball python's only defense is to curl up when being touched. 960 1280

  

Lonny Craven

Lonny Craven

Director of airside operations Lonny Craven informs waiting passengers that their flight to Ft. Lauderdale has been further delayed due to the loss of power. 960 1280

  

Apron Controller Khristine Perez

Apron Controller Khristine Perez

Apron controller Khristine Perez describes the giant storm that is over the entire state of Florida. The storm has caused the airlines to pull the ramp crews off the airfield for safety. 960 1280

  

Live Cargo Loaded

Live Cargo Loaded

Live cargo is loaded onto the China Airlines plane headed to Taiwan. 960 1280

  

China Airlines Plane

China Airlines Plane

The China Airlines plane waits for clearance to leave before the storm hits. 960 1280

  

Taking Cover

Taking Cover

Ramp workers take cover from the rain while waiting for the China Airlines flight to depart. 960 1280

  

China Airlines Pilot

China Airlines Pilot

Tang Cheng-Wen, a China Airlines pilot, checks the temperature controls for the live cargo. 960 1280

  

German Dance Team Coach

German Dance Team Coach

Sven Seejer, a German dance team coach, explains that while his team is waiting for a new flight, they might as well have fun and dance. 960 1280

  

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton

Terminal security specialist Ericka Middleton claps after the German dance team performs for the passengers. 960 1280

  

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