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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Heidi is on the lookout

Heidi is on the lookout

Heidi is on the lookout for the car accident victim’s loved one. The search becomes a little easier now that she has a description of Ing, who just arrived at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

The car gets towed

The car gets towed

The car being towed from the accident scene, while traffic backs up in the distance. 960 1280

  

The entrance to MIA

The entrance to MIA

From the peaceful entrance of MIA, you would never know how much hustle and bustle is taking place beyond its doors. 960 1280

  

A test kit for cocaine

A test kit for cocaine

With this test kit, if a confiscated substance mixes with cocaine salts and turns blue, then it has tested positive for cocaine. During this Customs and Border Patrol drug bust, 27 kilos of cocaine are confiscated. 960 1280

  

Traffic continues to build

Traffic continues to build

Frustration builds as the traffic continues to pile up. 960 1280

  

Darius takes a call

Darius takes a call

Darius takes a call from the operations control room about a situation developing in the terminal. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Patrol canine

Customs and Border Patrol canine

This Customs and Border Patrol canine is ready for a treat -- and a nap -- after a successful drug bust! 960 1280

  

Marcos Pacheco from LAN Cargo

Marcos Pacheco from LAN Cargo

Marcos Pacheco from LAN Cargo chats with the crew while he waits for pallets of flowers to be unloaded. 960 1280

  

Cargo awaits

Cargo awaits

The cargo on the plane waits to be inspected by Customs and Border Patrol. 960 1280

  

LAN Cargo employees

LAN Cargo employees

LAN Cargo employees get ready for the Valentine's Day rush. Additional shipments of flowers from South America will all need to be searched thoroughly for possible drugs. 960 1280

  

An airfield employee

An airfield employee

An airfield employee waits for cargo to be offloaded. 960 1280

  

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

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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