MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Valentine’s Day is on Friday, making this a very busy time for airport workers.
The love-filled holiday is one of the most demanding times of the year for Customs and Border Protection agents at Miami International Airport.READ MORE: Florida Appeals Court Refuses To Fast-Track Student Mask Mandate Case To State Supreme Court
Authorities say close to 90% of all the flowers imported into the U.S. come through Miami.READ MORE: Man's Head Slashed In Unprovoked Attack At Miramar Plaza
Agents can be seen shaking flower bouquets upside down, searching for any harmful pests that could find their way into the country.
“They are ensuring that the flower bouquets are free from plant pests and plant diseases that could harm the U.S. agricultural and floral industries,” said CBP Agent Robert Del Toro.MORE NEWS: Miami Woman Wins $1 Million In Florida Lottery Scratch Off Ticket From Publix
CBP agents said some plant pests and diseases can cause millions of dollars in damage to the agriculture industry should they make it out in public.