Airport 24/7: About Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport has been called a “mini-city on steroids” with about 100,000 strangers passing through the airport every day. Learn more about this fastest growing airport in the US.

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Lauren and Lonny
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

  

Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis
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

  

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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

  

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

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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

  

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

  


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