Miami International Airport Fun Facts

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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

  

Lauren and Lonny
Lauren and Lonny

Lauren and Lonny

Security director, Lauren Stover, and Lonny Craven go over details for the car vs. jet event at Opa Locka Airport. 960 1280

  

Opa Locka Airport

Opa Locka Airport

Opa Locka Airport hosts a race where aviation legend Barrington Irving pits a supercar against a jet. 960 1280

  

Excitement Mounts

Excitement Mounts

Prior to the race, enthusiasm and excitement mounts for everyone involved. 960 1280

  

K-9 Partner

K-9 Partner

Lauren Stover walks with a Miami-Dade Police Officer and his K-9 partner before performing security sweeps on the airfield at Opa Locka Airport. 960 1280

  

The Supercar

The Supercar

Barrington Irving stands in front of a supercar that he built with a group of under-privileged kids. 960 1280

  

Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving

Barrington Irving explains how proud he is of the group of kids who helped him build the supercar he will race. 960 1280

  

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services

Chief Pilot of Executive Air Services, Henry Castellanos, explains how the jet might not have an advantage over the supercar. The car that Barrington will be driving is capable of going from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds. 960 1280

  

Henry Castellanos Pilots the Jet

Henry Castellanos Pilots the Jet

Henry Castellanos pilots the jet in a practice run to master a U-turn that is critical to the outcome of the race 960 1280

  

Lauren and Ken

Lauren and Ken

With all the security sweeps complete, Lauren and Ken Pyatt watch as the supercar and jet line up for the main event. 960 1280

  

Youth Member

Youth Member

A member of the youth organization who helped build the supercar watches the race. 960 1280

  

Emilio Monti

Emilio Monti

One of Barrington's crew members, Emilio Monti, investigates the undercarriage of the supercar after it overheats on the airport’s taxiway. 960 1280

  

Lonny, Ken and Lauren

Lonny, Ken and Lauren

Lonny meets up with Ken and Lauren on the airfield after the car vs. jet race is over. 960 1280

  

Officer Stretch Rutledge

Officer Stretch Rutledge

Officer Stretch Rutledge describes how a rebellious passenger broke the chair of another passenger's seat on an incoming flight. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Police Officer "Stretch" Rutledge
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

  

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Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The total length of MIA’s runways and taxiways is 142,526 feet. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA oversees over 1,180 flights per day. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA’s Lost and Found has housed thousands of passports, pillows, bikes, blankets, jackets and jewelry -- and literally, a kitchen sink. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has burrowing owls, a protected species, living on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

55,000 bags a day travel along MIA’s 17 miles of baggage belts. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA’s hangar office complex can accommodate 3 B747 and 1 DC10 aircrafts inside and still close the doors. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

On average, 30,000 vehicles drop off and pick up passengers every day - equal to more than 11 million vehicles each year. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA and its related aviation industries contribute 282,043 jobs to Miami’s local economy -- equaling one out of every 4.1 jobs. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA was known as Pan American Field from 1928 to 1937 and 36th Street Airport from 1937 to 1949 before being officially designated as Miami International Airport in 1949. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA accounts for more than 50% of all the moving equipment (escalator, elevator and moving sidewalks) in Miami-Dade County. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA uses the equivalent of 19,018 miles of paper towels each year. This is equal to nearly 6 trips from Miami to Seattle. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has one of only 4 tunnels in the state of Florida (2 of the others are at Disney World). 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

In 2011, 38.3 million passengers traveled through Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Employee shuttles make more than 1,150 trips per day, transporting more than 15,000 employees daily between the employee parking lot and MIA. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has more flights to and from Cuba than any other airport in the United States. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA's janitorial staff cleans seven million square feet of terminal space weekly which is equivalent to 122 football fields. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA's Operations Control Room initiates approximately 600 emergency notifications annually, which equals 50 per month or nearly 2 a day. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The Lost and Found department receives 1,200 lost items per month and on average, 42% of the lost items are returned to the owners. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

MIA has one of the longest linear passenger terminals in North America, stretching 1.4 miles. 960 1280

  

Tony Cooper

Tony Cooper

Terminal Operations senior agent Tony Cooper spots a large group of birds, which can pose a major danger to aircrafts. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw

Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw notifies the wildlife abatement team that there are reports of birds in the area. 960 1280

  

Norman Hegedus

Norman Hegedus

MIA's Aviation Environmental Planner Norman Hegedus explains the dangers that birds can pose to an aircraft, and how the airport scares the birds away. 960 1280

  

Undeclared Weapons

Undeclared Weapons

Undeclared weapons are discovered by Customs and Border Protection during a random cargo inspection. 960 1280

  

Finding Weapons

Finding Weapons

Customs and Border Protection officer Bolivar rewards her K-9 after finding weapons inside cargo. 960 1280

  

Fire Trucks

Fire Trucks

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue trucks follow an airplane that has landed with a cracked windshield due to a bird strike. 960 1280

Switch Blade Posse  

Wildlife Abatement Team

Wildlife Abatement Team

The wildlife abatement team uses propane cannons to scare birds away from all arriving and departing aircrafts. 960 1280

Switch Blade Posse  

Robert Del Toro

Robert Del Toro

Customs and Border Protection officer Robert Del Toro explains that his team seizes any items that do not meet safety guidelines, like items made with lead-based paint. 960 1280

  

Alejandro Juan

Alejandro Juan

Customs and Border Protection officer Alejandro Juan looks through items that have been detained because of copyright infringement. 960 1280

Switch Blade Posse  

Robert Del Toro

Robert Del Toro

Customs and Border Protection officer Robert Del Toro explains that some counterfeit items seized by CBP end up being destroyed. 960 1280

  

Fallen Marine

Fallen Marine

MIA hosts an emotional tribute to a fallen marine. 960 1280

  

K-9 Training Area

K-9 Training Area

Miami-Dade Police officers utilize MIA's new K-9 training area. 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

  

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