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The PGA TOUR rolls through Silvis, Illinois this week for the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run prior to next week’s British Open at Royal Liverpool, but that hasn’t stopped golf’s governing body from taking up a more permanent residence here in Las Vegas.
If regular old Precheck isn't fancy-dancy, tech-no-logic enough for you, you might want to consider spicing up your travel days with McCarran's newest fasttrack program, CLEAR, set to launch this August.
The premise is intertwined with TSA Precheck in that passengers get to go through expedited security screening, but instead of walking up to a podium and handing over your boarding pass and ID, CLEAR takes a page out of
futuristic today's movies by utilizing bio-metric verification technology; aka, your eyes and fingerprints are scanned in order to confirm your identity. If you want to see how CLEAR works, you can watch a video here.
Leaving Vegas is hard enough, but getting here is a breeze. Here's the latest on some new routes and expedited services happening at McCarran Airport:
➙British Airways has launched self-boarding devices at all of its gates at McCarran which means travelers can check themselves in by scanning their boarding passes prior to entering the jet bridge.
This is absolutely huge news as it saves approximately a half of a second by removing the need to hand your ticket to the gate agent. Help is present at the self-service kiosks to assist those who have trouble scanning their own tickets, further confusing the technology's purpose.
Although many surveys conducted in today's world are nothing more than creative publicity stunts, we couldn't help but share the results of a recent study, one that investigated which flight paths tend to be the most booze-fueled.
Conducted by GuestLogix, a Toronto-based supplier of in-flight payment systems to about 90 percent of North American airlines (PR plug fulfillment.. fulfilled), it analyzed the in-flight sales of five carriers between November 2013 and February 2014, trying to figure out who buys what when they're going where. (Got that? No? Great.)
The doctor is in again at McCarran Airport!
After closing its doors more than two years ago for a transfer of ownership, the McCarran Medical Clinic and Pharmacy has announced its reopening. It can be found near the A/B checkpoint in Terminal 1.
While it will be available to locals and airport employees, clinic operators plan to provide a variety of services catering specifically to travelers, such as flight clearance, vacation supply prescriptions, travel immunizations, and urgent care services. You know, all the shit you need after a bender in Vegas. There also will be a full-service pharmacy with licensed medical providers on site as well as a gift shop/drug store.
This week was a busy one in terms of airline news in Vegas, including the announcement of two new non-stop routes. Here’s the latest coming out of McCarran Airport:
After a successful pilot program in Dallas, Houston, and Austin, Southwest has announced that passengers will now be able to use mobile boarding passes for flights out of McCarran. The pass can be sent to your smart phone via e-mail, text message, or through the airline’s app. Not all passengers are eligible, though: infants, unaccompanied minors, senior-fare passengers, and military travelers must still use a paper ticket.
We missed a "as low as $15" flash sale, but getting to Vegas just got a little easier and cheaper for those in our nation's capital. Frontier Airlines announced yesterday that it will launch 14 new routes from Washington Dulles International Airport, including non-stop flights to Vegas beginning September 8. Rates for September are currently between $99 and $129 one-way.
The five-hour flight will run once daily on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday, departing Dulles at 8:20 p.m. and arriving in Vegas at 10:25 p.m. Return flights on Thursday and Sunday will leave McCarran Airport at 9:50 p.m. and arrive in D.C. at 5:15 a.m. while return flights on Monday and Friday will depart at 11:20 p.m. and arrive at 6:45 a.m.
Air travelers at McCarran Airport have a new batch of TSA videos to zone out to while waiting to pass through security checkpoints.
McCarran, the TSA, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) have collaborated on eight new videos featuring the do's and don'ts of passing through security for (in)frequent fliers. Apparently, we've all been watching the same vids since 2004. But, times change as well as TSA procedures so a new batch of tips were created, emphasizing what to do with strollers, liquids, toys that look like weapons, and more.
There's a new way to get here from there if there is Switzerland.
Air carrier Edelweiss has launched twice-weekly non-stop flights from Zürich's Kloten Airport to McCarran. The flights are expected to bring more than 18,000 passengers to Vegas annually and generate more than $20 million for Southern Nevada.
We get a bit nostalgic about "old" Vegas here at VegasChatter but here's one thing we won't miss at all -- long-hauling by taxis at the airport. Heck, we're ready to burn this sucker and bury the ashes somewhere in the deepest part of the desert. Not familiar with long-hauling? Read our account here. Or, head on over to this post on Reddit where a former taxi driver bares all. Even TIME acknowledged it recently while reporting that there's just no stopping it.
Today, however, this sign (shown above and below) greeted us at the taxi line outside McCarran's Terminal 3 and it's immensely helpful for both Vegas vets and virgins alike.
An all-you-can-fly private air service is hoping to take off in Vegas on March 21.
Surf Air, which bills itself as the nation's first private membership airline, hopes to add Las Vegas as their newest destination in less than a month's time (pending government approval). The airline launched in 2013 and currently offers service between the LA, San Fran, and Santa Barbara areas. If all goes as planned, service to the Lake Tahoe area will begin in May with an expansion into Monterey, San Diego, Sacramento, and the Sonoma/Napa area to follow.
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Getting here to there via McCarran may become a lot easier for you by year's end.
LAS will open a TSA Pre✓ Application Center in Terminal 1 later this month. Travelers who go through the rigorous pre-screening process are allowed to skip the security steps other fliers typically face before boarding, like removing their shoes and taking out their laptops.