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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Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony
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

  

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

  

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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

  

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

  

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

  

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