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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Dog Handler
Dog Handler

Dog Handler

A dog handler puts his pup’s blue singlet on to indicate he is a guide dog. 960 1280

  

Guide Puppy

Guide Puppy

One of the guide puppies sits in the airport’s dog park preparing to practice navigating a busy international terminal. 960 1280

  

John Tobon of Homeland Security Investigations

John Tobon of Homeland Security Investigations

John Tobon of Homeland Security Investigations talks about the potential security problems that can take place at an airfield entry checkpoint. 960 1280

  

Daniel Tabares

Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor, Daniel Tabares, closely watches a TSA checkpoint during a security incident. 960 1280

  

Khristine Perez

Khristine Perez

Apron Controller, Khristine Perez, scans flight monitors awaiting the arrival of a diverted flight from Cuba that had to refuel. 960 1280

  

Heidi Anthony

Heidi Anthony

Terminal operations senior agent, Heidi Anthony, explains how flights from Cuba can only land at Miami International and Tampa International airports due to Customs and Border Protection regulations. 960 1280

  

President Obama's Arrival

President Obama's Arrival

Miami-Dade police officers are seen on patrol awaiting President Obama's arrival. 960 1280

  

Christian Smith

Christian Smith

Miami-Dade police sergeant, Christian Smith, finds abandoned traffic vests, construction helmets and an airport employee ID badge while patrolling the terminal. 960 1280

  

Causing a Stir

Causing a Stir

President Obama’s arrival at MIA causes all other air and land traffic in the area to come to a halt until the President is off the airfield. 960 1280

  

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton

Terminal security specialist, Ericka Middleton, talks about how guide dogs have to go through standard screening measures at TSA checkpoints when traveling with the seeing impaired. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis

Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis, explains the importance of having guide dogs train at MIA. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport
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

  

Speed Pictures  14 Photos

David Rios
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

  

Photos

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Owls live on the airfield

Owls live on the airfield

Miami International Airport has Burrowing Owls, which are a protected species, living on the airfield. 960 1280
Most flights to and from Cuba

Most flights to and from Cuba

MIA has more flights to and from Cuba than any other airport in the United States. 960 1280
672,640 rolls of toilet paper a year

672,640 rolls of toilet paper a year

MIA uses 672,640 rolls of toilet tissue each year, which is equivalent to 42 miles or a trip from MIA to Boca Raton. 960 1280
Employee shuttles make 1,150 trips per day

Employee shuttles make 1,150 trips per day

Employee shuttle buses make more than 1,150 trips per day, transporting more than 15,000 employees daily between the employee parking lot and MIA. 960 1280
Enough soap to fill a swimming pool!

Enough soap to fill a swimming pool!

MIA uses 18,736 gallons of liquid soap each year, which is the equal to your average residential swimming pool. 960 1280
MIA provides one out of every 4.1 jobs locally

MIA provides one out of every 4.1 jobs locally

MIA and related aviation industries contribute 282,043 jobs directly and indirectly to the local economy. That equates to one out of 4.1 jobs. 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

  

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hazmat truck arrives on the scene of a large fuel spill on the tarmac to contain hundreds of gallons of highly-flammable Jet A fuel. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw at Miami International Airport

Darius Bradshaw at Miami International Airport

Darius is in disbelief as he discovers that the manager of the fuel facility, Tom Doherty, risked his life by manually shutting off the fuel lines. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The morning after the fuel farm fire, many flights are cancelled due to the lack of fueling resources. Passengers on this flight and others departing MIA will make it to their destination after a tremendous effort of dozens of fueling trucks transporting Jet A fuel to the aircrafts. 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi radios crew members in Passport Control for assistance with directing long lines of passengers arriving on flights from Cuba. 960 1280

  

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca

A Cuban-American actress named Yordanca sips on a Cuban coffee while discussing how beautiful her homeland is. She is excited to bring presents to her friends and family back home. 960 1280

  

A TSA Checkpoint at MIA

A TSA Checkpoint at MIA

Luggage is transported through a TSA checkpoint while passengers’ belongings are scanned for prohibited items. 960 1280

  

Ramp workers at MIA

Ramp workers at MIA

Ramp workers at MIA have a busy day ahead loading luggage onto multiple flights to Cuba since many Cuban-American travelers take gifts back to their friends and families including clothing, electronics -- even the kitchen sink. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officer Kevin Kennedy

Customs and Border Protection officer Kevin Kennedy

Customs and Border Protection officer, Kevin Kennedy, inspects luggage for forms of illegal contraband. This includes fruits, vegetables and packaged meats. All of these items could contain pests that are a threat to American agriculture. 960 1280

  

A Customs and Border Protection officer

A Customs and Border Protection officer

A Customs and Border Protection officer unwraps the protective layer of green plastic wrap around the luggage so he can perform an inspection for fruits, vegetables and other forms of illegal contraband. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The airport is back on its feet, fueling planes with a new pump system after a long rebuilding process due to the fuel farm fire. It takes about 2,000 gallons of fuel per hour for an airport the size of MIA to function. 960 1280

  

Lauren visits the airfield

Lauren visits the airfield

Lauren visits the airfield while Customs and Border Protection performs inspections on luggage offloaded from Cuban flights. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue worker explains the severity of a large fuel spill on the tarmac to Captain Nick Marian. 960 1280

  

TSA Checkpoint J at MIA

TSA Checkpoint J at MIA

A group of passengers wait in line at TSA Checkpoint J while their luggage is scanned for liquids, gels, aerosols and other prohibited items that may trigger MIA's radar. 960 1280

  

MIA flights are back in action

MIA flights are back in action

One week after the fuel farm fire, a temporary pumping system allows the fuel facilities to work just shy of maximum capacity. MIA flights are back in action with only minimal help from fuel trucks during the busiest departure times of day. 960 1280