As the country gets back to work after commemorating the anniversary of those lost in the 9/11 attacks, Travel Channel is about to roll out a documentary series that focuses on airport operations and security.
Airport 24/7: Miami is an original series set to debut on Travel channel Tuesday October 2, with a one-hour season premiere of back-to-back episodes.
It is being called an unprecedented look at the inner workings of one of the country's largest airports. Miami International also happens to be designated a prime target for terrorist attacks.
MIA, as it is called is a frequent point of entry for illegal drugs and viewers get a sneak peek at the lengths to which smugglers go to disguise containers.
An ensemble of nine airport employees were followed by cameras throughout days and nights of their work shifts, including while in private areas of the terminals.
They range from the Deputy Director Ken Pyatt to security experts and even a local Miami-Dade police officer whose duties include the airport.
Andy Singer, GM of Travel Channel believes the behind-the-scenes look will humanize airport employees as well as provide enlightenment about the day-to-day work it takes to keep travelers flying.
"Airports are a big part of traveling, and this show is a way to give our viewers an exclusive and rare glimpse into this amazing and dynamic world. While most of us are just passing through something is always going on - fuel fires, smuggling rings, medical emergencies, sting operations and aircraft malfunctions."
In the first episode, Airport 24/7: Miami introduces us to the tension that escalates as a passenger is questioned by the Miami-Dade Police Department.
He was spotted in the security line with a firearm in his carry-on bag. It is determined he has no permit for the weapon and he is not a citizen of the U.S. Lauren Stover, Director of Security unveils the kinds of things passengers still seem to "forget" are in their carry-on bags. Video posted below.
Meanwhile, airliners are arriving and are scheduled to depart on time. The greatest challenge is presented by the largest plane in use today.
From arrival at a Miami Airport gate to its turnaround for departure in two hours, 500 passengers must be unloaded, and a new full flight has to be boarded.
In the midst of that, a surprise inspection by Customs and Boarder Protection looks like it may delay it all.
This new documentary series debuts at 9:00 p.m. ET on Travel Channel, Tuesday October 2. It appears to be as entertaining as it is educational.
Produced by 2CMedia for the Travel Channel, it was exec produced by Chris Sloan, Carla Kaufman Sloan and Shari Solomon Cedar.
Image: Travel Channel, used with permission.