Airport 24/7: Signs of Danger Pictures

When a bus crashes into an underpass, the Miami International Airport crew faces one of the worst disasters in the airport’s history.

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Miami International Airport
Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Terminal Operations Senior Agent at Miami International Airport Tony Cooper keeps close contact with the Operations Control Room to get updates on the status of the bomb scare. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover and TSA Deputy Federal Security Director DL Wright discuss plans to keep the terminal safe with Miami-Dade Police Lt. Pete Estes. All employees are trained to keep an eye out for unattended bags. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade police officers

Miami-Dade police officers

Miami-Dade police officers rush to the scene of a potential explosive device located in an unattended bag. 960 1280

  

Major Art Loynaz

Major Art Loynaz

Major Art Loynaz of the Miami-Dade Police Department talks about the steps being taken to determine what is actually in the unattended bag. 960 1280

  

Director of Airfield Operations Lonny Craven

Director of Airfield Operations Lonny Craven

Director of Airfield Operations Lonny Craven is on the watch for drivers violating airfield traffic laws. 960 1280

  

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony calls for a K9 response unit when she discovers an unattended bag. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw receives a call about an unattended bag. The K9 on the scene sat down after approaching the bag -- his way of communicating that he detects something suspicious. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge responds to the scene of the bomb scare. 960 1280

  

The Miami-Dade Police Department

The Miami-Dade Police Department

The Miami-Dade Police Department patrols the evacuated terminal for unattended bags and suspicious activity. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Police Officer Dominguez

Miami-Dade Police Officer Dominguez

Miami-Dade Police Officer Dominguez rewards his K9 with some playtime for a job well done. 960 1280

  

TSA Explosive Specialist Brian Mast

TSA Explosive Specialist Brian Mast

TSA Explosive Specialist Brian Mast describes the catastrophic damage that can occur from an explosive device. 960 1280

  

TSA Officers

TSA Officers

TSA Officers are trained to recognize suspicious-looking items that pass through the x-ray scanners. 960 1280

  

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis is notified of an unattended bag that alerted an explosive detection K9. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport
Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The Miami-Dade Police Department K9 Units sweep the airfield before the arrival of Air Force One at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Chief Kilby prepares his Miami-Dade Fire Rescue team for President Obama’s arrival. 960 1280

  

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi explains that his team needs to perform an hour’s worth of work in 25 minutes due to the airfield lockdown when Air Force One arrives. 960 1280

  

Stefan Krumbiegel and Zulaikha Tokhi

Stefan Krumbiegel and Zulaikha Tokhi

Stefan Krumbiegel and Zulaikha Tokhi are pleased that the Lufthansa A380 is able to take off before the airfield is shut down due to the President's arrival. 960 1280

  

Deputy Director for Operations Ken Pyatt

Deputy Director for Operations Ken Pyatt

Deputy Director for Operations Ken Pyatt discusses the procedure for the airfield lockdown with his staff. 960 1280

  

A Customs and Border Protection K9

A Customs and Border Protection K9

A Customs and Border Protection K9 aids in keeping the country safe from illegal drug trafficking. 960 1280

  

Swissport employee Jeff Johnson

Swissport employee Jeff Johnson

Swissport employee Jeff Johnson points out the 526 passengers who have to deplane before his crew can clean the double-decker aircraft, which includes 14 lavatories. With the President's impending arrival, the cleaning crew has less time than usual to finish. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Drugs including cocaine, marijuana and pharmaceutical pills were found by Customs and Border Protection officers while searching through a female smuggler's personal belongings. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers Flores and Casale check items that were flagged as suspicious in a passenger's luggage. 960 1280

  

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Officer "Stretch" Rutledge of the Miami-Dade Police Department patrols the airfield before the President's arrival. 960 1280

  

The President's motorcade

The President's motorcade

The President's motorcade is lined up on the airfield and ready to depart. 960 1280

  

Apron Coordinator Khristine Perez

Apron Coordinator Khristine Perez

Apron Coordinator Khristine Perez watches for the arrival of Air Force One. 960 1280

  

Air Force One

Air Force One

Barack Obama does his presidential jog down the staircase after Air Force One arrives at MIA. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Zulaikha assures a passenger that all pets are handled with care when loaded onto an aircraft. 960 1280

  

Bag runner Stanley Felton

Bag runner Stanley Felton

Bag runner Stanley Felton operates the baggage belt system. Now that the ramp has been reopened after the President's arrival, there are a lot of bags backed up. 960 1280

  

Photos

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 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

  

Dickie Davis searches for the lottery winner

Dickie Davis searches for the lottery winner

Dickie Davis, assistant director of terminal operations and customer service, makes a call to find out if she can track down the airport employee who has won the lottery. 960 1280

  

MIA employees oversee the baggage belt system

MIA employees oversee the baggage belt system

Constant maintenance of the baggage belt system is important since more than 100,000 bags make their way through MIA daily. 960 1280

  

Gilbert Lopez discusses the baggage belt

Gilbert Lopez discusses the baggage belt

Gilbert Lopez describes how they have maintenance personnel strategically located throughout the baggage belt system to assist with any problems or jams that may occur. 960 1280

  

TSA officer Jamie Velazquez at MIA

TSA officer Jamie Velazquez at MIA

TSA officer Jaime Velazquez continues on with his shift, wondering which of his co-workers won the lottery. 960 1280

  

MIA's security director at work

MIA's security director at work

Security director Lauren Stover is curious to find out which lucky employee is holding the winning lottery ticket. 960 1280

  

TSA finds a concealed weapon

TSA finds a concealed weapon

Luis Vasquez explains that Customs and Border Protection was called down to the TSA search room because a weapon was artfully concealed to avoid detection. 960 1280

  

Suspicious luggage at the TSA Coordination Center

Suspicious luggage at the TSA Coordination Center

Darrell Brooks arrives at the TSA Coordination Center to review an image of a piece of luggage that was flagged as suspicious. 960 1280

  

Passengers check in for a flight to Bogota

Passengers check in for a flight to Bogota

Adrian Martin checks in passengers who will be boarding a flight to Bogota. 960 1280

  

Passengers at MIA

Passengers at MIA

MIA passengers show their passports at the ticket counter. 960 1280

  

Jam on the baggage belt at MIA

Jam on the baggage belt at MIA

Horace Hamilton and Stanley Felton discuss the jam on the baggage belt. There are 2 joint belts at the mouth of the system and if a bag comes out sideways, it can automatically stop. 960 1280

  

MIA employee wins the lottery

MIA employee wins the lottery

Terminal operations senior agent Heidi Anthony is on a mission to find which employee is holding the winning lottery ticket. 960 1280

  

Explosive trace detection room

Explosive trace detection room

TSA officer Joseph Colburn explains that the explosive trace detection room is the last room where bags are sent to be checked if they appear suspicious. 960 1280

  

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