Viewers will meet the steadfast MIA team whose jobs it is to keep one of America’s largest airports running around the clock, and see what it takes to fight terrorism, intercept drug smugglers, secure a presidential landing, manage severe weather and much more.
From seasoned veterans who have literally seen it all after more than 25 years of working at MIA to a rookie passenger service representative reluctantly following in her family’s footsteps, the characters of “Airport 24/7: Miami” embody the culture, personality and soul of their airport and their city.
The series spotlights the ensemble cast of nine airport personnel, and the challenges they face as they work to keep MIA running efficiently. The airport’s overall operations, maintenance, security and communications are the responsibility of Deputy Director Ken Pyatt. Customer Service and Terminal Operations are seen through the eyes of Division Director Dickie Davis, as she enthusiastically leads a large team that includes Operations Officer Heidi Anthony, Senior Agent Tony “The Mayor” Cooper and Operations Control Room Agent Darius Bradshaw. The stakes are even higher for those who ensure passenger safety – on and off the ground. Security experts introduced include Director of Security Lauren Stover, Terminal Security Agent Ericka Middleton and Miami-Dade Police Officer Chris “Stretch” Rutledge. From the ground, Ramp Services Manager Albert Cordeschi is the ringleader that keeps all planes coming and going on time. These individuals of various backgrounds must come together to guarantee a safe and pleasant journey for the thousands of travelers passing through MIA daily.
Yes, there will be intercepted firearms. Yes, there will be citizenship drama. And, oh yes, there will be cocaine.
All of this bodes well for fans of Travel Channel programming outside stuff like "Top 10 Sexy Beaches," but we think the most exciting bit comes from how the series is named. Note that "Airport 24/7: Miami" leaves it open to featuring other airports in the future, should this one bring in good ratings. Personally we'd love to see "Airport 24/7: Dallas/Fort Worth" and "Airport 24/7: Detroit," to name a couple. Fingers crossed!
The stars of the series
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