If Cupid were to have a home, it would be Miami International Airport (MIA). It’s there that 85 percent of imported flowers including most Valentine’s Day roses arrive in the United States, many in the bellies of passenger planes. From the AP:

The roses, carnations, hydrangeas, sunflowers and other varieties are rushed by forklift from planes to chilled warehouses and then onto refrigerated trucks or other planes and eventually delivered to florists, gas stations and grocery stores across the country. Valentine’s Day is a big day for flowers, topped only by Mother’s Day, and cargo teams work extra hours ahead of both to ensure on-time deliveries.”There’s a spark in the air while loading these,” says Andy Kirschner, director of cargo sales for Delta Air Lines. “You know this is going to loved ones.” With flowers, as soon as they’re cut a clock starts ticking. And nobody wants to give wilted roses on Valentine’s Day. Heat is the enemy. When a plane touches down in Miami…

Check out the rest of the delivery process including U.S. Customs and Border Protection clearance in the full article here.


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