Airport 24/7: Million Dollar Stash Pictures

The staff at MIA try to calm passengers as a nationwide computer failure causes multiple flight delays. Meanwhile, Customs and Border Protection seizes a huge shipment of an illegal narcotic.

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Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Operations Control Room agent Mario Ellis reports that an anonymous caller claims to have hidden 200 pounds of C-4 explosives on the sky train at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian explains that there are more incidents reported when there is a full moon. 960 1280

  

Terminal security specialist Ericka Middleton

Terminal security specialist Ericka Middleton

Terminal security specialist Ericka Middleton keeps an eye out for anything unusual, since strange things tend to happen during a full moon. 960 1280

  

TSA supervisor Anetra Chandler

TSA supervisor Anetra Chandler

TSA supervisor Anetra Chandler is bursting with energy after spotting a kangaroo traveling with a passenger. 960 1280

  

Rick Carerra

Rick Carerra

As an apron controller, Rick Carerra oversees the assignment of gates and posts flight information throughout the airport. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The elevator doors close moments before a power surge strikes, causing it to stop working, trapping deputy director Ken Pyatt. 960 1280

  

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez

Despite monitors and radios being unavailable, apron coordinator Khristine Perez is able to use a phone landline during the power outage to communicate with another tower. 960 1280

  

Danny Tabares

Danny Tabares

Danny Tabares describes how sometimes the items coming through the checkpoint are not prohibited, but they can be pretty strange. Spotting a kangaroo at the checkpoint is a first for MIA's TSA officers. 960 1280

  

Director of terminal operations Dickie Davis

Director of terminal operations Dickie Davis

Director of terminal operations Dickie Davis is happy that no explosives were found and the bomb threat was not credible. 960 1280

  

Terminal operations agent Ernesto Lopez

Terminal operations agent Ernesto Lopez

Terminal operations agent Ernesto Lopez tries to determine what floor the elevator with Ken Pyatt and other airport guests is stuck on. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw receives a call informing him that the deputy director is stuck in the elevator due to the power outage. 960 1280

  

Director of airfield operations Lonny Craven

Director of airfield operations Lonny Craven

Director of airfield operations Lonny Craven is notified of a tug carrying cargo that might be on fire. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue responds to a smoking tug on the airfield that turns out to be a cryogenic container of bull semen being transported in liquid nitrogen. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officer Polanco

Customs and Border Protection officer Polanco

Customs and Border Protection officer Polanco shows a package that will be inspected for possible pests. 960 1280

  

Terminal operations senior agent Tony Cooper

Terminal operations senior agent Tony Cooper

Terminal operations senior agent Tony Cooper explains how he has heard of snakes, gators, cats and dogs -- but never a scorpion -- running loose inside customs. 960 1280

  

Dog Handler

Dog Handler

A dog handler puts his pup’s blue singlet on to indicate he is a guide dog. 960 1280

  

Guide Puppy

Guide Puppy

One of the guide puppies sits in the airport’s dog park preparing to practice navigating a busy international terminal. 960 1280

  

John Tobon of Homeland Security Investigations

John Tobon of Homeland Security Investigations

John Tobon of Homeland Security Investigations talks about the potential security problems that can take place at an airfield entry checkpoint. 960 1280

  

Daniel Tabares

Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor, Daniel Tabares, closely watches a TSA checkpoint during a security incident. 960 1280

  

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez

Apron Controller, Khristine Perez, scans flight monitors awaiting the arrival of a diverted flight from Cuba that had to refuel. 960 1280

  

Heidi Anthony

Heidi Anthony

Terminal operations senior agent, Heidi Anthony, explains how flights from Cuba can only land at Miami International and Tampa International airports due to Customs and Border Protection regulations. 960 1280

  

President Obama's Arrival

President Obama's Arrival

Miami-Dade police officers are seen on patrol awaiting President Obama's arrival. 960 1280

  

Christian Smith

Christian Smith

Miami-Dade police sergeant, Christian Smith, finds abandoned traffic vests, construction helmets and an airport employee ID badge while patrolling the terminal. 960 1280

  

Causing a Stir

Causing a Stir

President Obama’s arrival at MIA causes all other air and land traffic in the area to come to a halt until the President is off the airfield. 960 1280

  

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton

Terminal security specialist, Ericka Middleton, talks about how guide dogs have to go through standard screening measures at TSA checkpoints when traveling with the seeing impaired. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis

Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis, explains the importance of having guide dogs train at MIA. 960 1280

  

Daniel and the TSA agents radio all agencies

Daniel and the TSA agents radio all agencies

After discovering a knife concealed in a shoe, Daniel and the TSA agents radio all agencies to notify them of the security scare. 960 1280

  

Ashutosh looks into flight information for missing passengers, while Stefan radios a last call for Frankfurt over the loudspeaker. 960 1280

Last call for Frankfurt   

TSA screening checkpoint

TSA screening checkpoint

Passengers wait in line at the TSA screening checkpoint. Shoes, handbags and coats are sent through the scanner. 960 1280

  

A possible delay

A possible delay

Stefan knows that if the missing passengers don't show up in time, the ramp workers will have to take their checked baggage off the flight -- which could result in a delay for Lufthansa. 960 1280

  

The TSA agent does a second screening

The TSA agent does a second screening

TSA agent engages in a second screening of a carry-on item, checking for prohibited items like liquids, gels and aerosols over 3.4 ounces. 960 1280

  

TSA agents

TSA agents

TSA agents discuss the wildest items that they’ve seen come through the checkpoint. Today, it's a large jar of peanut butter and a loaded firearm that set off their radar. 960 1280

  

MIA's airfield

MIA's airfield

A shot of the airfield. 960 1280

  

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares spots a peculiar item on the screen -- a knife in a shoe. 960 1280

  

TSA screening checkpoint

TSA screening checkpoint

Passengers wait in line at the TSA screening checkpoint. Shoes are removed as a safety measure to screen for weapons concealed in the soles of sneakers. 960 1280

  

Stefan alerts his staff

Stefan alerts his staff

Stefan gets word that the cleaners need to be taken off the A380, so that Customs and Border Protection can perform an inspection. He climbs aboard the aircraft to spread the news. 960 1280

  

Albert empties the lavatories

Albert empties the lavatories

Albert tugs on the hose to make sure it won't detach while he empties the lavatories. 960 1280

  

The Lufthansa flight has landed

The Lufthansa flight has landed

The Lufthansa flight has landed, and cargo is being offloaded. Customs and Border Protection officers are prepared to tackle one of the largest freighters that this airfield has ever seen: the Airbus A380. 960 1280

  

Ashutosh explains the task of turning a plane

Ashutosh explains the task of turning a plane

Ashutosh explains the seemingly impossible task of turning the Lufthansa A380 plane without taking a delay -- de-boarding over 500 passengers, prepping, fueling, cleaning and reboarding the aircraft, all in just 2 1/2 hours. Missing passengers and surprise inspections from Customs and Border Protection put his team down to the final seconds. 960 1280

  

Lufthansa A380

Lufthansa A380

A beautiful silhouette of the majestic Lufthansa A380 taxiing the runway with the air traffic control tower keeping watch over the activity high in the skies. 960 1280

  

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