New show goes behind the scenes at Miami airport

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on September 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 30 at 3:05 PM

MIAMI (AP) — The Travel Channel has spent years telling stories about where people go, but now they're doing a show on how people get there.

"Airport 24/7: Miami" offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to move more than 100,000 travelers each day through Miami International Airport.

The first two episodes of the show premier back-to-back at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

With thousands of employees running what can be compared to a small city, the show follows workers as they deal with terrorist threats, intercept drug smugglers, attend to medical emergencies, repair aircraft and even secure an Air Force One landing, all the while trying to get the passengers to their flights and the planes in the sky on time.

Ken Pyatt, MIA's deputy director of operations, said he was surprised by how dramatic the show turned out to be.

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