Airport 24/7: Ticking Bag Plot Pictures

A bomb-sniffing dog finds a suspicious unattended bag, triggering the evacuation of Miami International Airport’s terminal H.

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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

  

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge clarifies the dos and don’ts of driving safely at MIA. 960 1280

  

Airport 24/7

Airport 24/7

A passenger needs to change her flight for medical reasons -- a blind spot has appeared in her eye, and she needs to see a retina specialist immediately. Terminal Security Specialist Ericka Middleton offers to find her some help. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Chief Kilby handles the life and death situation of the bus crash at MIA. 960 1280

  

Casey the canine ambassador

Casey the canine ambassador

Casey the canine ambassador and her owner, Liz, interact with a passenger who enjoys a little taste of home life while traveling. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officers

Customs and Border Protection Officers

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan are checking potentially counterfeit merchandise that was flagged at the x-ray. 960 1280

  

Paramedics arrive to treat passengers

Paramedics arrive to treat passengers

Paramedics arrive to treat passengers who have been injured in a bus crash on airport grounds. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw checks in on the traffic backing up due to the bus crash. 960 1280

  

Triangle Services Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Triangle Services Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Triangle Services Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi maintains constant communication with his team to ensure that the airfield runs smoothly. 960 1280

  

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA after sharing their stories with each other on the plane. 960 1280

  

Stretch, a motorcycle cop at MIA

Stretch, a motorcycle cop at MIA

Stretch, a motorcycle cop at MIA, straps on a helmet to begin patrolling the airport's roads. From pulling over speeders to nudging people out of no waiting zones, Stretch keeps a watchful eye on MIA's heavily traveled roads. 960 1280

  

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

When a young girl needed to change her flight for medical reasons, Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis pulled some strings to make it happen. 960 1280

  

Darius arrives on the scene

Darius arrives on the scene

When 600 passengers from 2 flights attempt to check-in simultaneously, Darius arrives on the scene to face a mob of angry passengers. 960 1280

  

Albert knows his day is going to get longer

Albert knows his day is going to get longer

With it looking like a flight will be cancelled, Albert knows his day is going to get longer and his team has to work harder to keep the rest of the flights moving on schedule. 960 1280

  

Heidi keeps the peace

Heidi keeps the peace

Heidi keeps the frustrated passengers organized. 960 1280

  

Albert's crew gets ready to unload luggage

Albert's crew gets ready to unload luggage

Albert's crew gets ready to unload luggage -- all part of keeping things moving and getting passengers their bags. 960 1280

  

Lauren is relieved

Lauren is relieved

Lauren is relieved that the penalty box scare was nothing more than a child's curiosity. The airfield’s penalty box is where the planes are brought when there is a security scare onboard. 960 1280

  

Albert gets some help

Albert gets some help

Albert gets a co-worker to help him hitch up a luggage trailer. 960 1280

  

MIA airfield

MIA airfield

Airport staff on the airfield. 960 1280

  

The Operations Control Room

The Operations Control Room

The Operations Control Room is a busy place, where multitasking is all part of the job. 960 1280

  

Heidi explains the situation to Darius

Heidi explains the situation to Darius

Heidi explains the situation to Darius over her walkie-talkie. She is quickly becoming overwhelmed by the cancelled flight dilemma. 960 1280

  

Khristine explains potential problems

Khristine explains potential problems

Khristine explains the potential serious problems that could arise when a plane has hydraulic problems. You can never be too careful when dealing with lives -- even if the fall out will create disgruntled passengers. 960 1280

  

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