Airport 24/7: Sharks on a Plane Pictures

A car and a jet go head-to-head in a race that finishes closer than you’d imagine. Elsewhere, Miami Airport rushes to prepare 3 sharks and 3,000 tropical fish for a plane ride to Europe.

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Meet the Crew of MIA
Meet the Crew of MIA

Meet the Crew of MIA

Meet the crew from Miami International Airport on Airport 24/7 (L-R): Albert, Heidi, Dickie, Ken, Lauren, Ericka, Darius, Stretch and Tony. 960 1280

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Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi

Ramp duty manager Albert Cordeschi (“Ramp Ringleader”) poses on the runway underneath an airplane. 960 1280

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Miami International Airport Entrance

Miami International Airport Entrance

A colorful avenue of flags greets travelers at the front entrance of Miami International Airport (MIA). Among the 100,000 passengers who will arrive and depart this day is the president of the United States. 960 1280

  

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton

Terminal security agent Ericka Middleton (“The Charmer”) poses in the main concourse. 960 1280

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The K9 Unit

The K9 Unit

A TSA explosive detection K9 team sweeps cargo, checking for any potential threats. With over 2 million tons of cargo passing through MIA each year, it is vital that every single pallet be swept. The K9 will sit to alert the TSA agent if it has detected the scent of explosives. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis

Dickie Davis

Director of terminal operations Dickie Davis (“First Lady of MIA”) radios the airport’s information counter that she will check lost and found for a British couple's luggage. 960 1280

  

Tony Cooper

Tony Cooper

Terminal operations senior agent Tony Cooper (“The Mayor”) poses by the escalator in his golf cart. 960 1280

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Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy with US Customs and Border Protection inspects luggage arriving from Cuba for hidden contraband. These bags have been run through an X-ray scanner that reveals shapes on the screen that have been flagged for further inspection. 960 1280

  

Overflowing Lost and Found

Overflowing Lost and Found

The lost and found is overflowing with unclaimed items, from cash to luggage to laptops. These items are safely stored at MIA for 60 days. After that, items still left unclaimed are given to Goodwill. 960 1280

  

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt

Deputy director of operations Ken Pyatt (“The Boss”) poses by the moving walkway. 960 1280

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Stretch Rutledge

Stretch Rutledge

Miami-Dade County motorcycle officer Stretch Rutledge (“MIA’s Gentle Giant”) poses on his motorcycle by the departures drop-off at MIA. 960 1280

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Heidi Anthony

Heidi Anthony

Terminal operations senior agent Heidi Anthony (“Your Princess in Shining Armor”) listens intently to the ticket agent discuss problems that the airline is experiencing with getting all passengers checked in for a French flight. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Terminal operations control room agent Darius Bradshaw (“Mr. Cool”) intently watches the monitors to see what's going on in the terminal. 960 1280

  

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover

Director of security Lauren Stover (“Supreme Queen of Security”) is relieved at the outcome of the penalty-box scare and explains why security is so important. You can never be too careful when you are dealing with safety and human lives, she says. 960 1280

  

Airfield in MIA

Airfield in MIA

A wide-angled shot of the airfield at MIA. 960 1280

  

Daniel Tabares

Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor Daniel Tabares performs a second screening of a carry-on item, checking for prohibited items like liquids, gels and aerosols over 3.4 ounces. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Danny Tabares
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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Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony is assigned to meet Rod Stewart at the gate. Heidi explains how celebrities are brought through fast access lines to quickly clear them through Customs and Border Protection. 960 1280

  

Interjet Station Manager Lydia Juarrero

Interjet Station Manager Lydia Juarrero

Interjet Station Manager Lydia Juarrero is updated on the status of passenger check-ins at the ticket counter. 960 1280

  

The Miami-Dade Police Department

The Miami-Dade Police Department

The Miami-Dade Police Department tightens security to prepare for the arrival of the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. 960 1280

  

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez controls the flight information boards that display delays and cancellations in the terminal. 960 1280

  

Passenger Service Agent Randy Perez

Passenger Service Agent Randy Perez

Passenger Service Agent Randy Perez informs Lydia Juarrero that the flight crew might be delayed at passport control since there is only a single Customs and Border Protection Officer available to clear them. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby updates his crew about the preparations for the arrival of Janet Napolitano. Firefighters are on the scene in case anything should go wrong. 960 1280

  

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks points out the passenger who is believed to be carrying a loaded handgun through the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

The Interjet flight crew

The Interjet flight crew

The Interjet flight crew has 75 minutes to prepare the plane for departure to Mexico City. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares informs a passenger that prohibited items found in a carry-on can be confiscated. 960 1280

  

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton explains how she tries to keep passengers calm as they endure long lines due to sequestration. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover listens intently to the speech given by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano about sequestration. 960 1280

  

Richard Marquez

Richard Marquez

Richard Marquez is notified of a passenger entering a security checkpoint with a loaded weapon. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Heidi attempts to calm passengers in the terminal who are frustrated because of the long lines. 960 1280

  

Randy Perez and Lydia Juarrero

Randy Perez and Lydia Juarrero

Passenger Service Agent Randy Perez and Interjet Station Manager Lydia Juarrero celebrate the flight departing a minute ahead of schedule. 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 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

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue workers receive instructions for how to control a water leak on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain, Nick Marian, is alerted to an accident on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez watches as the plane carrying the University of Alabama football team arrives for the BCS Championship Game. 960 1280

  

Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi describes how airplanes do not have a reverse gear, so “tugs” are used to push back the planes so they can taxi the runway. 960 1280

  

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover describes how security is her first priority. 960 1280

  

Police K-9s

Police K-9s

Police K-9s are an important asset to the airport’s overall security. 960 1280

  

Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi

Albert describes the different types of tugs that work on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper describes how high security flights are orchestrated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 960 1280

  

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighters

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighters

The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighters trace the pipe leading to the water leak in order to shut off the source of the flooding. 960 1280

  

MIA’s crew and the Orange Bowl organizers

MIA’s crew and the Orange Bowl organizers

MIA’s crew and the Orange Bowl organizers take their places to greet the University of Alabama football team when they arrive. 960 1280

  

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge rounds up the Miami-Dade Police Motorcycle officers to safely escort the University of Alabama football team off the airfield. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis, Ken Pyatt and Lauren Stover

Dickie Davis, Ken Pyatt and Lauren Stover

Dickie Davis, Ken Pyatt and Lauren Stover get ready to welcome the crowds expected to arrive for the BCS National Championship football game. 960 1280

  

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