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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Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi
Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi

Ramp Duty Manager Albert Cordeschi drives a tug to a cargo flight that is ready to be offloaded at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares

Customs and Border Protection Officer Christian Colmenares explains that a large shipment of flowers coming into MIA from South America will have to be inspected for illegal contraband. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Captain Nick Marian explains that a plane’s brake indicator light has come on, which means there could be a dangerous situation. The plane will have to be inspected immediately. 960 1280

  

Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula

Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula

Operations Control Room Agents Darius Bradshaw and Richard De Paula keep an eye on a plane that has issued an alert 2 for a brake fault. If this turns into an alert 3, there could be imminent danger to the passengers. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Kilby tells the crew how a stray dog named Simon living at the airport has become a danger to himself and airfield operations. 960 1280

  

Apron Controller Kristine Perez

Apron Controller Kristine Perez

Apron Controller Kristine Perez explains that whenever an alert aircraft arrives, it is her department’s job to maintain the safety of the passengers and airfield personnel and to make sure rescue units are standing by. 960 1280

  

Cargo pallets

Cargo pallets

Eighty-five percent of all the cut flowers that are imported into the US come through MIA, mostly from South America. These cargo pallets full of flowers will be swept by Customs and Border Protection K-9 Units trained to alert authorities to the scent of drugs. 960 1280

  

Simon the stray dog

Simon the stray dog

Simon the stray dog runs to hide while rescue units attempt to lure him in with food. 960 1280

  

Eduardo Calle

Eduardo Calle

Eduardo Calle explains how Simon the stray dog has been running loose for quite some time near the limousine lot at the airport. 960 1280

  

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony

Terminal Operations Senior Agent Heidi Anthony keeps her eye on a young woman who has just arrived from Cuba. The girl is nauseous and upset because she has left her loved ones behind to move to the US. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers

Customs and Border Protection officers search through boxes of imported flowers for narcotics. Since it's just before Valentine's Day, they have to search over 200 pallets of cut flowers. 960 1280

  

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover

Security Director Lauren Stover watches as employees attempt to catch Simon the stray dog. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo

Customs and Border Protection Officer Martin Sotelo and his K-9 finish inspecting the pallets of flowers. This K-9 alerted to a particular pallet that was taken for further inspection. 960 1280

  

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez

Customs and Border Protection Supervisor Angel Marquez hands off packages and luggage to be scanned through the X-ray van. 960 1280

  

Miami International Airport
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

  

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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

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

  

Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis

Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis

Security Director Lauren Stover and Lt. Pete Estis discuss the tactics involved in the undercover operation to catch thieves at Miami International Airport. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares keeps his eye out for any unusual activity at the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

MIA's security checkpoint

MIA's security checkpoint

An MIA passenger is thankful that Daniel Tabares is able to locate his watch that was left behind at the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue

Chief Kilby of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue gives crew members instructions as they respond to a claustrophobic woman who is stuck in an elevator in the terminal. 960 1280

  

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw

Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw is concerned for the safety of an airport employee stuck inside an elevator. 960 1280

  

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department

Lt. Pete Estis of the Miami-Dade Police Department explains that if you find an item and don't turn it in, it’s considered a theft. 960 1280

  

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager Darrell Brooks

TSA Coordination Center Manager, Darrell Brooks, reviews security footage of a man they have identified as the thief who took a tablet computer from the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso

Terminal Agent Ernesto Alonso describes the strange items that passengers have lost at the airport. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue's Captain Nick Marian explains the dangers of extracting a woman from the top-hatch of an elevator since there are many moving parts involved. He shuts off the power to the elevator to prevent any fatal accidents. 960 1280

  

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz

Miami-Dade Firefighter Alex Ocariz uses a special key to unlock the elevator door to rescue the airport employee trapped inside. 960 1280

  

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler

TSA Lead Officer Anetra Chandler reminds a passenger to check that he has all his belongings before leaving the security checkpoint. 960 1280

  

TSA security checkpoint

TSA security checkpoint

Sharp objects, like this box of razor blades, are not allowed through TSA security checkpoints. 960 1280

  

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis

Director of Terminal Operations Dickie Davis is notified of an airport employee trapped inside an elevator. 960 1280

  

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares

TSA Supervisor Daniel Tabares points out a suspiciously shaped object on the scanner. 960 1280

  


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