Tag Archives: McCarran International Airport

Random Aviation Photo

Back in the summer of 2007, I was in Las Vegas for a journalism convention (good times). I flew in early so I could do an interview with the then-head of the airport and take one of those great, behind-the-scenes #avgeek tours. I was invited to go on the roof of one of the terminals to check out the view. I decided to ignore my fear of heights and I got this and many other shots. Enjoy!

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Random Aviation Photo

In April, I had the chance to do a tour of Terminal 3 at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport. One of the highlights was all the art projects around the terminal.  Below is a butterfly sculpture that, if you look closely, has wings that feature airlines that have served the airport. How many carriers can you pick out? Enjoy!

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Random Aviation Photo

Back in August 2007, I flew out to Las Vegas to do a series of stories for Aviation Daily and Aviation Week on McCarran International Airport. I love taking airport tours, because you get to be a ramp rat, seeing stuff the traveling public never gets to see. As part of that tour, I got to go to the top of the airport’s operational tower, where I snapped this shot. I also have it posted on my Facebook profile. Enjoy!

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Random Aviation Photo

Since I’m in Las Vegas this week for a journalism convention, I thought I’d highlight a photo from its airport.  Back in August 2007, I went out to Vegas to do an interview with the airport director and take the grand behind-the-scenes tour of the facility.  I was offered the chance to climb up to the top of the airport’s operations tower, and despite my deathly fear of heights, I leapt at the chance. Below is one of the photos I snapped.  Enjoy!

Airport Concession Confessions-Useful Services

TNT has been running the movie “The Terminal,” starring Tom Hanks.  You can see a summary of the movie here at the Internet Movie Database. But it reminded me that there are so many concessions in major airports, you could actually live in one if you needed to.  So below are my five favorites. Enjoy!

  1. Aero Clinic: there is NOTHING worse that getting sick while on travel.  You’re far from home, your doctor and your local pharmacy. So if you’re sick and in a location where Aero Clinic is, you can go in, get a diagnosis, get a prescription and be on your way.  They take most major health insurance, and if not, fees are pretty reasonable. Right now, they’re located at Hartsfield-Jackson and Philadelphia International airports, with plans (announced in 2009) to open at Charlotte-Douglas.  Check out my June 2007 Aviation Week Towers and Tarmacs blog post on Aero Clinic here.
  2. Harmony Pharmacy: you’re on a trip. You have your prescription medication with you, but realize you’re running low.  If you happen to be at Newark, JFK, San Francisco, DFW, Cleveland-Hopkins or Baltimore-Washington airports, you’re in luck, since they all have a Harmony outlet.  You can also buy the items you’d normally find in your local drug store. Nice!

  3. Minute Suites: these little oases at Hartsfield-Jackson and Philadelphia International airports are favorites for offering a sofa/daybed with blankets, along with WiFi access, television and a desk, all for only $30 an hour .I am a BIG believer in the power of naps, and this concession allows you to take one during longer layovers.
  4. O2 Bar & Spa: what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. You had a great time, but may be feeling a bit “out of sorts” right before you get on that flight at McCarran International Airport.  Folks swear by the therapeutic effects of this bar which offers oxygen and aromatherapy to cure what ails you.

So — what did I miss? What are some of your favorite useful airport services?