Airport 24/7: The Passenger Pictures

When the TSA encounters a passenger with a knife hidden in the sole of his sneaker, a full-scale security response is issued to investigate. See behind-the-scenes photos from this episode.

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Lauren and Lonny
Lauren and Lonny

Lauren and Lonny

Security director, Lauren Stover, and Lonny Craven go over details for the car vs. jet event at Opa Locka Airport. 960 1280

  

Opa Locka Airport

Opa Locka Airport

Opa Locka Airport hosts a race where aviation legend Barrington Irving pits a supercar against a jet. 960 1280

  

Excitement Mounts

Excitement Mounts

Prior to the race, enthusiasm and excitement mounts for everyone involved. 960 1280

  

K-9 Partner

K-9 Partner

Lauren Stover walks with a Miami-Dade Police Officer and his K-9 partner before performing security sweeps on the airfield at Opa Locka Airport. 960 1280

  

The Supercar

The Supercar

Barrington Irving stands in front of a supercar that he built with a group of under-privileged kids. 960 1280

  

Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving explains how proud he is of the group of kids who helped him build the supercar he will race. 960 1280

  

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services, Henry Castellanos, explains how the jet might not have an advantage over the supercar. The car that Barrington will be driving is capable of going from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. 960 1280

  

Henry Castellanos Pilots the Jet

Henry Castellanos Pilots the Jet

Henry Castellanos pilots the jet in a practice run to master a U-turn that is critical to the outcome of the race 960 1280

  

Lauren and Ken

Lauren and Ken

With all the security sweeps complete, Lauren and Ken Pyatt watch as the supercar and jet line up for the main event. 960 1280

  

Youth Member

Youth Member

A member of the youth organization who helped build the supercar watches the race. 960 1280

  

Emilio Monti

Emilio Monti

One of Barrington's crew members, Emilio Monti, investigates the undercarriage of the supercar after it overheats on the airport’s taxiway. 960 1280

  

Lonny, Ken and Lauren

Lonny, Ken and Lauren

Lonny meets up with Ken and Lauren on the airfield after the car vs. jet race is over. 960 1280

  

Officer Stretch Rutledge

Officer Stretch Rutledge

Officer Stretch Rutledge describes how a rebellious passenger broke the chair of another passenger's seat on an incoming flight. 960 1280

  

Photos

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

  

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

  

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