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A Short Guide to Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport

Posted On: 04/14/2017

Whether Las Vegas is your layover or final destination, here’s a quick guide to the area’s major airport, McCarran International Airport, to make your visit an enjoyable one.

McCarran International Airport (LAS) is the primary commercial airport serving the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The airport itself is 5 miles south of downtown Las Vegas, in a town called Paradise.

Built in 1942, the airport was named after Pat McCarran, a former Nevada senator, a major figure in American aviation. The airport has two terminals, and is the 26th busiest airport in the world for passenger traffic.

McCarran provides travel tips for pre-flight preparation on their site. These include notifying your airline of special requirements including assistance for unaccompanied minors, disabled passengers or medical supplies. They also advise to check in with the airline before embarking for the airport to check the status of your flight and make sure there are no delays.

While McCarran has plenty of electrical outlets, it is advised to charge all your electronics beforehand, including mobile phones, tablets and laptops. To avoid delays at security, make sure all liquids, gels and aerosols are in 3-ounce containers in a small plastic ziploc bag. Dress comfortably, and, as always, make sure you remember all necessary travel documents and valid identification.

During your time in McCarran, there are conveniently located information booths with Passenger Service Representatives eager to assist you with any questions you may have. They are dressed in blue and gold around each terminal.

Need to mail something from the airport? McCarran has you covered. All security checkpoints have self-service drop boxes to ensure your valued items arrive to your final destination. For your convenience, there are several ATM’s located in each terminal and spread out throughout the gates. Need to exchange currency? Each terminal has its own Travelex currency exchange booth.

Bored? If you find your flight taking out of Terminal 1, there is the Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum located in the Esplanade. Open 24/7, this small but informative exhibit has more than 30 display cases and a short video presentation on Las Vegas aviation history. The rest of the airport has several other multi-faceted showcases placed for your entertainment.

For more Vegas-style entertainment, there are a number of slot machines located throughout the airport for travelers over 21 years old. Get started with the Vegas fun without even leaving the airport! There are also a number of restaurants and shops spread out throughout the terminals.

Enjoy your travels!