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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Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi

Senior ramp agent Albert Cordeshi prepares to push back a cargo plane now that the lockdown has been lifted from the airfield. The president has landed safely, and the ramp workers are back to work! 960 1280

  

The front entrance to Miami International Airport

The front entrance to Miami International Airport

A colorful avenue of flags greets travelers at the front entrance to Miami International Airport -- amid the 100,000 passengers who will arrive and depart this day is the president of the United States. 960 1280

  

Albert pushes back an aircraft

Albert pushes back an aircraft

Albert pushes back an aircraft so it can taxi the runway. With hundreds of flights departing MIA, every minute counts on the ramp. 960 1280

  

Heidi responds to a radio call

Heidi responds to a radio call

Heidi responds to a radio call about a group of international passengers who have been stuck in an elevator for over 20 minutes. Hopefully they don't miss their flights home. 960 1280

  

A cargo plane on a busy day

A cargo plane on a busy day

A long rubber tube transports air into a cargo plane on a busy day of arrivals and departures. 960 1280

  

A TSA explosive detection K9 team

A TSA explosive detection K9 team

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 is swept. 960 1280

  

Ericka recaps the car crash

Ericka recaps the car crash

Ericka recaps the car crash in the Miami Canal after personally speaking with the driver who fell asleep at the wheel. Fortunately, the driver did not sustain any injuries and was most concerned about having gotten her hair wet when her car hit the water. 960 1280

  

Lauren stands by on the airfield

Lauren stands by on the airfield

Lauren stands by on the airfield while a bee handler collects bees that have swarmed around one of the gates, halting planes from moving into the area. 960 1280

  

Passengers mingle throughout the concourse

Passengers mingle throughout the concourse

Passengers mingle throughout the concourse, and check out all the shopping and restaurants offered at MIA while the airfield is in lockdown. 960 1280

  

Darius visits "Coop"

Darius visits "Coop"

Darius is relieved that the president has landed and made it to his destination safely. He stretches his legs by taking a walk around the terminal and visits his buddy "Coop," aka Tony Cooper, who has served over 30 years at the airport. 960 1280

  

Ericka gets a good laugh out of this traveler

Ericka gets a good laugh out of this traveler

Delays caused by Air Force One’s arrival make many passengers upset. But Ericka gets a good laugh out of this traveler, who is rather upbeat despite the wait. 960 1280

  

Aircraft sit at the gate

Aircraft sit at the gate

Aircraft sit at the gate while the arrival of Air Force One forces the entire airfield into lockdown. 960 1280

  

Passengers check out the digital flight information displays

Passengers check out the digital flight information displays

Passengers check out the digital flight information displays to see if their flights are affected by the airfield lockdown. 960 1280

  

Heidi rushes to an elevator

Heidi rushes to an elevator

Heidi rushes to an elevator where a group of international passengers are stuck on board. With her excellent customer service skills, Heidi plans to calm the passengers down -- and help them make it to their flight on time. 960 1280

  

Sunset at MIA

Sunset at MIA

The president and his motorcade safely depart for DC, shortly after the sunset at MIA. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Operations control room agent, Darius Bradshaw, waits for a response after paging a passenger that has dropped off a ticking bag. 960 1280

  

Salvador Flores

Salvador Flores

Customs and Border Protection officer Salvador Flores explains that all operations near the ticking bag have been shut down. Flights cannot leave and no one is allowed in the area. 960 1280

  

Fire Rescue Truck

Fire Rescue Truck

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue truck approaches the ticking bag perimeter on the airfield. 960 1280

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Bomb Squad

Bomb Squad

A member of the Miami-Dade Police bomb squad prepares to carefully investigate a ticking device located inside a passenger's bag. 960 1280

  

K-9 Unit

K-9 Unit

Miami-Dade Police bring in the K-9 unit to sweep the remaining bags for any potential explosives. 960 1280

  

Tony Cooper

Tony Cooper

Terminal operations senior agent, Tony Cooper, describes how calms passengers down who are concerned about what has caused an evacuation to a section of the terminal. 960 1280

  

Clearing the Luggage

Clearing the Luggage

Explosive detection police K-9s use their keen sense of smell to sweep and clear all luggage onboard the flight carrying a ticking bag. 960 1280

  

Lauren Stover

Lauren Stover

Although the K-9 sweep cleared the rest of the bags of any explosives, Lauren Stover stays in contact with the police to find out what is in the bag, as well as what the passenger's intentions are. 960 1280

  

Ken Pyatt

Ken Pyatt

Deputy director, Ken Pyatt, describes how the ticking bag incident is delaying flight departures from this section of the airfield. 960 1280

  

Steven Eisman

Steven Eisman

A passenger hands Customs and Border Protection supervisor, Steven Eisman, a bag containing chunks of wood from a 5,000-year-old tree. A Customs and Border Protection Agricultural Specialist will inspect the wood for pests. 960 1280

  

Explosive Device

Explosive Device

What appears to be a cuddly teddy bear is, in fact, an improvised explosive device used in a TSA demonstration to show how terrorists can conceal threatening weapons. 960 1280

  

Daniel Tabares

Daniel Tabares

TSA supervisor, Daniel Tabares, describes the Richard Reid shoe-bombing incident. Richard Reid was an Englishman who attempted to detonate explosives packed into his shoes on a flight to Miami. 960 1280

  

The Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis

The Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis

The Director of Terminal Operations, Dickie Davis, radios to the Information Counter that she is going to check the Lost and Found for a British couple's missing luggage. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw keeps his radio close at hand

Darius Bradshaw keeps his radio close at hand

Darius Bradshaw keeps his radio close at hand so he can communicate the latest details on the whereabouts of the baggage thief to the terminal operations agents as he checks the security cameras at the airport. 960 1280

  

Dickie ventures through lost and found

Dickie ventures through lost and found

Dickie ventures through a cascade of items hoping to uncover the British couple's missing baggage, after Ernie informs her that the checkered suitcase she is looking for is not in the system. 960 1280

  

MIA's baggage belt system is 10 miles long

MIA's baggage belt system is 10 miles long

MIA's baggage belt system is 10 miles long and processes roughly 3,800 bags per hour. It takes a lot of manpower to haul 100,000 passengers-worth of belongings to and from airplanes every day -- the ramp crews must make every minute count so flights aren't delayed! 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room

Operations Control Room

The Operations Control room is the nerve center of Miami International Airport. When Darius Bradshaw spots a suspicious individual lurking around the baggage carousels at MIA, he radios the terminal operations agents to investigate. 960 1280

  

Lost and Found at MIA

Lost and Found at MIA

Dickie Davis is awestruck at some of the items that passengers leave behind while traveling through MIA. Ernie Alonso shows off a NFL football signed by a player -- not one of the strangest but one surely missed by its owner. 960 1280

  

Lauren sweeps the airfield

Lauren sweeps the airfield

Lauren sweeps the airfield while the Miami-Dade Police Department sets up for their luggage sting. With the K9 units ready to deploy, no baggage thief is going to escape from MIA with a passenger's personal belongings tonight! 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Tony Cooper talks about some of his craziest experiences from his 38 years working at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Dickie calls the Information Counter

Dickie calls the Information Counter

After visiting Lost and Found, Dickie calls the Information Counter to let them know that the British couple's lost luggage was not turned in. The airline issues the couple a voucher to cover the cost of their missing belongings. 960 1280

  

Sunset over the airfield

Sunset over the airfield

Jacqueline and Clinton return home to London without their belongings, but they are promised a $315 voucher for the wrongdoings of the luggage thief. Security never sleeps at MIA -- even during this beautiful sunset reflecting over the airfield. 960 1280

  

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