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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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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Owls live on the airfield

Owls live on the airfield

Miami International Airport has Burrowing Owls, which are a protected species, living on the airfield. 960 1280
Most flights to and from Cuba

Most flights to and from Cuba

MIA has more flights to and from Cuba than any other airport in the United States. 960 1280
672,640 rolls of toilet paper a year

672,640 rolls of toilet paper a year

MIA uses 672,640 rolls of toilet tissue each year, which is equivalent to 42 miles or a trip from MIA to Boca Raton. 960 1280
Employee shuttles make 1,150 trips per day

Employee shuttles make 1,150 trips per day

Employee shuttle buses make more than 1,150 trips per day, transporting more than 15,000 employees daily between the employee parking lot and MIA. 960 1280
Enough soap to fill a swimming pool!

Enough soap to fill a swimming pool!

MIA uses 18,736 gallons of liquid soap each year, which is the equal to your average residential swimming pool. 960 1280
MIA provides one out of every 4.1 jobs locally

MIA provides one out of every 4.1 jobs locally

MIA and related aviation industries contribute 282,043 jobs directly and indirectly to the local economy. That equates to one out of 4.1 jobs. 960 1280
A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck arrives on the scene of a large fuel spill on the tarmac to contain hundreds of gallons of highly-flammable Jet A fuel. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw at Miami International Airport

Darius Bradshaw at Miami International Airport

Darius is in disbelief as he discovers that the manager of the fuel facility, Tom Doherty, risked his life by manually shutting off the fuel lines. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The morning after the fuel farm fire, many flights are cancelled due to the lack of fueling resources. Passengers on this flight and others departing MIA will make it to their destination after a tremendous effort of dozens of fueling trucks transporting Jet A fuel to the aircrafts. 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi radios crew members in Passport Control for assistance with directing long lines of passengers arriving on flights from Cuba. 960 1280

  

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca sips on a Cuban coffee while discussing how beautiful her homeland is. She is excited to bring presents to her friends and family back home. 960 1280

  

A TSA Checkpoint at MIA

A TSA Checkpoint at MIA

Luggage is transported through a TSA checkpoint while passengers’ belongings are scanned for prohibited items. 960 1280

  

Ramp workers at MIA

Ramp workers at MIA

Ramp workers at MIA have a busy day ahead loading luggage onto multiple flights to Cuba since many Cuban-American travelers take gifts back to their friends and families including clothing, electronics -- even the kitchen sink. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officer Kevin Kennedy

Customs and Border Protection officer Kevin Kennedy

Customs and Border Protection officer, Kevin Kennedy, inspects luggage for forms of illegal contraband. This includes fruits, vegetables and packaged meats. All of these items could contain pests that are a threat to American agriculture. 960 1280

  

A Customs and Border Protection officer

A Customs and Border Protection officer

A Customs and Border Protection officer unwraps the protective layer of green plastic wrap around the luggage so he can perform an inspection for fruits, vegetables and other forms of illegal contraband. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The airport is back on its feet, fueling planes with a new pump system after a long rebuilding process due to the fuel farm fire. It takes about 2,000 gallons of fuel per hour for an airport the size of MIA to function. 960 1280

  

Lauren visits the airfield

Lauren visits the airfield

Lauren visits the airfield while Customs and Border Protection performs inspections on luggage offloaded from Cuban flights. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue worker explains the severity of a large fuel spill on the tarmac to Captain Nick Marian. 960 1280

  

TSA Checkpoint J at MIA

TSA Checkpoint J at MIA

A group of passengers wait in line at TSA Checkpoint J while their luggage is scanned for liquids, gels, aerosols and other prohibited items that may trigger MIA's radar. 960 1280

  

MIA flights are back in action

MIA flights are back in action

One week after the fuel farm fire, a temporary pumping system allows the fuel facilities to work just shy of maximum capacity. MIA flights are back in action with only minimal help from fuel trucks during the busiest departure times of day. 960 1280

  

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