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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Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony
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

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

  

Stranded at MIA
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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Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Security Director Lauren Stover arrives at MIA ready to attend the Lamborghini event. But first, she has to ensure that all security measures are in place and all the visitors have been screened. 960 1280

  

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton waits for the Lamborghini drivers -- arriving on incoming flights -- who will attempt to break the land speed record. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Lamborghini drivers line up their cars on the runway for a quick photo opportunity. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Lauren performs a security sweep of all the Lamborghini drivers' credentials. 960 1280

  

Mario Fasanetto, a test driver for Lamborghini

Mario Fasanetto, a test driver for Lamborghini

Mario Fasanetto, a test driver for Lamborghini, tells Dickie Davis that the Lamborghinis will be traveling down the runway faster than a plane at takeoff. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Every Lamborghini arriving to the airfield is inspected by police officers and K9 units to ensure the safety and security of MIA’s employees and passengers. 960 1280

  

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann

Lamborghini CEO Stephan Winkelmann gives an interview about the importance of this event and how thrilled he is to have it at MIA. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Ericka watches as this Lamborghini prepares to roar down the runway. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Lauren goes over security details with an MIA employee before the Lamborghini event starts. 960 1280

  

Lamborghinis at MIA

Lamborghinis at MIA

The Lamborghinis line up for a photo session. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Lauren stops for an interview to discuss all the planning that has gone into the day’s event. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

After a Lamborghini races down the runway, Dickie, Ericka, Ken and Lonnie are ready to hear the results. Was the 200-mph speed record broken? 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Airport officials and the Lamborghini crew gather for a group photo to commemorate the successful event. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby watches the Lamborghinis drive off the runway. The runway must be reopened quickly so the Lufthansa A380 can depart on time and airport operations can return to normal. 960 1280

  

David Rios

David Rios

Customs and Border Protection officer David Rios and his K9 partner search thousands of bags daily at international baggage claim. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw alerts all units that an evacuation is in progress due to a bomb threat. 960 1280

  

The B-Word

The B-Word

After a passenger mentions the “b-word,” Terminal Operations senior agent Heidi Anthony explains that the police will be called, and you will have to answer lots of questions if you say the word "bomb" at the airport. 960 1280

  

Monica Wilsher

Monica Wilsher

Flying Food Group general manager Monica Wilsher shows what a special-ordered meal looks like. 960 1280

  

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover

Security director Lauren Stover advises that you keep the word "bomb" out of your vocabulary at the airport. 960 1280

  

Ricardo Cutino

Ricardo Cutino

Customs and Border Protection officer Ricardo Cutino searches thoroughly through a passenger's bag after a K9 alerts for narcotics. 960 1280

  

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt, Deputy Director of MIA, on his way to catch the inaugural arrival of the new 747-800 aircraft. 960 1280

  

New 747

New 747

The new 747-800 is 18 feet longer than the previous 747 model, the 747-400, and carries 51 more passengers. 960 1280

  

Zulaikha Tokhi

Zulaikha Tokhi

Lufthansa duty manager Zulaikha Tokhi waits to hear from the ground crew so she can begin to measure the Lufthansa jet bridge to fit onto the door of the new 747-800. 960 1280

  

Rene Largaespada

Rene Largaespada

Flying Food Group transportation manager Rene Largaespada gets an update as he oversees several international flights being loaded and unloaded at once. 960 1280

  

Working Hard

Working Hard

Customs and Border Protection, cleaners and catering crew all work simultaneously in tight quarters with a very quick turnaround for an international flight. 960 1280

  

International Trash

International Trash

Up to about 400 lbs. of international trash can be removed from a single flight. 960 1280

  

Robert Skafidas

Robert Skafidas

Customs and Border Protection officer Robert Skafidas and his crew prepare to board an international flight to check for any abandoned food or trash that may be contaminated with pests. 960 1280

  

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

  

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