News

Your Valentine’s roses came with a big plane ticket

Your Valentine’s roses came with a big plane ticket

FLOWERS BY AIR: A group of U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials check imported flowers at Miami International Airport. Each year, 715 million flowers come through Miami International Airport. Photo: Associated Press/J Pat Carter

MIAMI (AP) — As your sweetie gives you that dozen of roses or other flowers today — you might want to think about how many miles those bouquets have logged before they end up in your hand.

It’s estimated that 85 percent of the flowers imported into the United States — including most Valentine’s Day roses — arrive by plane at Miami International Airport.

Many of those flowers ride below hordes of harried passengers — in the bellies of commercial jets.

Once the planes touch down, and passengers scurry off to grab their luggage, the flowers are rushed to chilled warehouses.

After that, it’s a ride on a refrigerated truck or to other planes before they end up at a florist, grocery store or gas station near you.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Mumford & Sons: No cell phones allowed

mumford

The British folk band has banned phones from a concert on Monday amid fears fans will record and leak their new material.

in Music

This week’s top alternative tracks

mumford

LISTEN: This week's top alternative songs, according to the weekly Billboard chart.

in Viral Videos

WATCH: Police officers get down with dashcam duets

24-overlay9

From "Fancy" to "Rude!" these cops know how to bust a move.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: Dancer, 102, sees her decades-old performances for the first time

24-overlay8

Alice Barker was a chorus line dancer during the Harlem Renaissance, and although she danced in numerous movies, commercials, and TV shows, she had never seen any of them until now.

in Music

Jack White honors the blues

jackwhite

The National Blues Museum in St. Louis got some six-figure support from the rocker.