Passengers throughout Miami International Airport received flowers on March 8 as the airport celebrated International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Representatives from American Airlines, the Miami-Dade Police Department and the Transportation Security Administration joined Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T González and the Association of Floral Importers of Florida (AFIF) to hand out more than 25,000 bouquets to honour and recognise women. With more than 50,000 daily passenger arrivals at MIA, nearly every woman entering Miami-Dade County via MIA had the opportunity to receive flowers.
Director González commented: “Since nine out of every ten flowers entering the US comes through MIA, we enjoy a huge flower industry in Miami-Dade County. “We are extremely proud to partner with the AFIF in this effort for the second year in a row, to honour and recognise our female passengers.”
Staff and volunteers greeted passengers at MIA with flowers – roses, gerbera daisies, carnations and spray chrysanthemums – and a postcard with information about the global day of recognition. The postcards highlighted MIA’s “special relationship” with flowers, as the gateway for 91% of all such imports to the US.
Passengers were also encouraged to take pictures at MIA inside a commemorative photo frame as a social media memento, using the hashtag #MIAflowers to note the special women in their lives.
International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It has been observed in the US since in the early 1900’s.
Women’s History Month had its origins as a US national celebration in 1981. In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, the US Congress passed legislation which designated the month of March as Women’s History Month.
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