Miami International Airport Fun Facts

Owls on the airfield? Enough soap to fill a swimming pool? Learn about these MIA fun facts and more!

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TSA Supervisor Danny Tabares
TSA Supervisor Danny Tabares

TSA Supervisor Danny Tabares

TSA supervisor Danny Tabares admits that he has seen a lot of strange items come through the TSA checkpoint … but a walrus penis bone is definitely one of the strangest. 960 1280

  

Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi

Albert Cordeschi is on his way to offload the bags from a cancelled flight to Berlin. 960 1280

  

Chief Stephen Kilby

Chief Stephen Kilby

Chief Stephen Kilby explains that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is overseeing the loading of 8 valuable horses. Fire Rescue is present because if a horse should run away or get lose, the staff of MIA could have a catastrophe on their hands. 960 1280

  

Michele Green

Michele Green

China Airlines cargo sales representative, Michele Green checks the flight manifesto for the departing cargo plane. 960 1280

  

Robert Conyers

Robert Conyers

Customs broker and freight forwarder Robert Conyers shows China Airlines’ Michele Green the proper way to pack the ball python snakes for travel. 960 1280

  

Ball Python

Ball Python

Robert Conyers explains that the ball python's only defense is to curl up when being touched. 960 1280

  

Lonny Craven

Lonny Craven

Director of airside operations Lonny Craven informs waiting passengers that their flight to Ft. Lauderdale has been further delayed due to the loss of power. 960 1280

  

Apron Controller Khristine Perez

Apron Controller Khristine Perez

Apron controller Khristine Perez describes the giant storm that is over the entire state of Florida. The storm has caused the airlines to pull the ramp crews off the airfield for safety. 960 1280

  

Live Cargo Loaded

Live Cargo Loaded

Live cargo is loaded onto the China Airlines plane headed to Taiwan. 960 1280

  

China Airlines Plane

China Airlines Plane

The China Airlines plane waits for clearance to leave before the storm hits. 960 1280

  

Taking Cover

Taking Cover

Ramp workers take cover from the rain while waiting for the China Airlines flight to depart. 960 1280

  

China Airlines Pilot

China Airlines Pilot

Tang Cheng-Wen, a China Airlines pilot, checks the temperature controls for the live cargo. 960 1280

  

German Dance Team Coach

German Dance Team Coach

Sven Seejer, a German dance team coach, explains that while his team is waiting for a new flight, they might as well have fun and dance. 960 1280

  

Ericka Middleton

Ericka Middleton

Terminal security specialist Ericka Middleton claps after the German dance team performs for the passengers. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis searches for the lottery winner
Dickie Davis searches for the lottery winner

Dickie Davis searches for the lottery winner

Dickie Davis, assistant director of terminal operations and customer service, makes a call to find out if she can track down the airport employee who has won the lottery. 960 1280

  

MIA employees oversee the baggage belt system

MIA employees oversee the baggage belt system

Constant maintenance of the baggage belt system is important since more than 100,000 bags make their way through MIA daily. 960 1280

  

Gilbert Lopez discusses the baggage belt

Gilbert Lopez discusses the baggage belt

Gilbert Lopez describes how they have maintenance personnel strategically located throughout the baggage belt system to assist with any problems or jams that may occur. 960 1280

  

TSA officer Jamie Velazquez at MIA

TSA officer Jamie Velazquez at MIA

TSA officer Jaime Velazquez continues on with his shift, wondering which of his co-workers won the lottery. 960 1280

  

MIA's security director at work

MIA's security director at work

Security director Lauren Stover is curious to find out which lucky employee is holding the winning lottery ticket. 960 1280

  

TSA finds a concealed weapon

TSA finds a concealed weapon

Luis Vasquez explains that Customs and Border Protection was called down to the TSA search room because a weapon was artfully concealed to avoid detection. 960 1280

  

Suspicious luggage at the TSA Coordination Center

Suspicious luggage at the TSA Coordination Center

Darrell Brooks arrives at the TSA Coordination Center to review an image of a piece of luggage that was flagged as suspicious. 960 1280

  

Passengers check in for a flight to Bogota

Passengers check in for a flight to Bogota

Adrian Martin checks in passengers who will be boarding a flight to Bogota. 960 1280

  

Passengers at MIA

Passengers at MIA

MIA passengers show their passports at the ticket counter. 960 1280

  

Jam on the baggage belt at MIA

Jam on the baggage belt at MIA

Horace Hamilton and Stanley Felton discuss the jam on the baggage belt. There are 2 joint belts at the mouth of the system and if a bag comes out sideways, it can automatically stop. 960 1280

  

MIA employee wins the lottery

MIA employee wins the lottery

Terminal operations senior agent Heidi Anthony is on a mission to find which employee is holding the winning lottery ticket. 960 1280

  

Explosive trace detection room

Explosive trace detection room

TSA officer Joseph Colburn explains that the explosive trace detection room is the last room where bags are sent to be checked if they appear suspicious. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw
Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room agent Darius Bradshaw looks at the monitors and observes the traffic backing up due to a bus crash. Visit the Airport 24/7 site to learn more! 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover stops for an interview about the Lamborghini event. A lot of planning has gone into it, and she is anxious for it to go smoothly. 960 1280

  

An attempt to break a Lamborghini speed record

An attempt to break a Lamborghini speed record

Dickie, Ericka, Ken and Lonnie watch a bright red Lamborghini race by in an attempt to break the Lamborghini speed record. 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. Casey has a way of putting smiles on the faces of everyone she meets. 960 1280

  

Dickie Davis

Dickie Davis

As the cameras roll, Dickie Davis explains the programs the airport has put into place to keep passengers' spirits up as they deal with the rigors of traveling. 960 1280

  

Paramedics arrive

Paramedics arrive

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

  

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan

Customs and Border Protection Officers Guadalupe and Juan check potentially counterfeit merchandise that was flagged while going through the X-ray machine. 960 1280

  

Division Director of Airside Operations Lonny Craven

Division Director of Airside Operations Lonny Craven

Division Director of Airside Operations Lonny Craven explains the importance of removing damaged planes from the airfield in a timely fashion. 960 1280

  

Damaged planes

Damaged planes

A collision of 2 planes on the airfield causes damage to the tips of the wings. This will result in repairs that will cost time and money and will try the patience of passengers expecting to depart for France. 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony

Senior Terminal Operations Agent Heidi Anthony stands in front of the damaged wing. Hundreds of passengers onboard this flight were jarred when this plane clipped another plane's wing. 960 1280

  

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi discusses why it’s important to follow the rules of the road on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Stefan Krumbiegel

Stefan Krumbiegel

Stefan Krumbiegel explains how passengers on the overbooked Lufthansa flight are offered compensation to downgrade from business class. 960 1280

  

Passengers stand in line

Passengers stand in line

Passengers stand in line waiting to pick up and drop off rental cars. 960 1280

  

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA

Two passengers connect at MIA: Michelle -- traveling home for medical reasons -- is inspired by a local drummer, who listens intently to her story. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

An airfield fender-bender delays passengers on an outbound international flight. The incident caused 350 passengers to seek alternate travel arrangements. 960 1280

  

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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

  

The Lufthansa airline gate

The Lufthansa airline gate

At the Lufthansa airline gate, ground personnel prepare for a quick turnaround of a huge aircraft, while Zulaikha and Stefan look at the list of passengers that will be flying to Frankfurt, Germany, on the Lufthansa A380. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

The Lufthansa A380 glides down the airfield with the help of tower control and ramp workers guiding the aircraft. The runway leading to Gate J17 is built especially wide to handle the massive width of this airplane. 960 1280

  

MIA's Rental Car Center

MIA's Rental Car Center

Passengers wait to pick up and drop off rental cars at the Rental Car Center, which is directly adjacent to MIA. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie keep a close eye on security monitors to watch the crowds backing up in the terminal. The evacuation, due to the bomb threat, has forced delayed passengers to flood the Rental Car Center. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport

Miami International Airport

Lauren Stover shares all the different types of smells the police K9s are trained to track, from drugs and explosives to high quantities of money and international agriculture. 960 1280

  

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi discusses why it is an important security measure to follow the rules of the road on the airfield. 960 1280

  

Lufthansa Airbus A380

Lufthansa Airbus A380

MIA ramp crews load passengers' baggage onto the Lufthansa Airbus A380 flight departing for Frankfurt, Germany. 960 1280

  

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony gets a call to help calm passengers that are bottlenecking by MIA’s People Mover. Until the security threat at the Rental Car Center has been cleared by the bomb squad, Heidi must keep the crowds informed. 960 1280

  

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Due to security measures, passengers that are unable to board a flight must have their luggage removed from the plane. Every time Albert has to retrieve a delayed passenger’s luggage, his other duties on the airfield have to be put aside. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie

Operations Control Room agents Darius and Richie explain the impact of the evacuation of the Rental Car Center on airport operations. 960 1280

  

The Lufthansa airline gate

The Lufthansa airline gate

Stefan explains that passengers on the overbooked Lufthansa flight are offered compensation to downgrade from business class. 960 1280

  

Senior Terminal Operations agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations agent Tony Cooper

Senior Terminal Operations agent Tony Cooper takes pride in his work at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Zulaikha and Stefan high-five

Zulaikha and Stefan high-five

Knowing the flight will depart on time to Frankfurt, Zulaikha and Stefan high-five on the Lufthansa jet bridge. 960 1280

  

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

  

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