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The city known for topless show billboards and “stripper trading cards” on the Strip is now trying to flex its moral muscle. A new Heidi Klum ad campaign for Sharper Image of all things was turned down by McCarran Airport for being too revealing. Underboob is evidently past the threshold for tastefulness. (Though, you can still catch a whole heap of sideboob on Interstate 15 north just after the 215 junction, thanks to the GhostBar DayClub billboard!)
Originally due to launch in August, the option to speed through security with CLEAR, a biometrics system, debuted late last month. Tomorrow, officials will gather for its official kickoff. CLEAR verifies your identity through fingerprint and iris scans. The company pledges to get you through checkpoints in less than five minutes.
Las Vegas-based carrier Allegiant Air will now take you to five new cities and, to celebrate, is giving five lucky luckertons free flights for a year.
Allegiant is adding non-stop service to Pittsburgh, Pa., Indianapolis, Ind., Omaha, Neb., Richmond, Va. and Jacksonville, Fla., with introductory rates from $55 (if you book by November 13 for travel by May 5, 2015). We've posted routes and start dates at the end of this post. Keep in mind that while you can book flights now, service won't begin until February in most cases. Also note that booking with a debit card will save you the most money as opposed to using a credit card.
The next time you fly into or out of Las Vegas, you'll likely notice construction workers on the tarmac. McCarran Airport has announced that it's renovating its longest runway as part of a multi-phase, $67 million project.
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Uber announced the news itself on a blog post that offered sample rates.
• UNLV to Downtown Las Vegas: $13-17
• UNLV to Downtown Summerlin: $34-45
• Downtown Las Vegas to Downtown Summerlin: $36-48
• Downtown Las Vegas to Henderson: $39-52
• Henderson to Summerlin: $63-84
JetBlue is adding a daily round-trip flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas starting January 5, just in time for CES 2015. To introduce the route, guests can enjoy a restricted number of $38 one-way fares for Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday flights between January 10 and April 1, but those will likely sell out quickly as they're only offered through Friday. Ahead of this, on October 28, another Vegas route will be added featuring a non-stop flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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A new retail store is planned for McCarran Airport's D gates. There's no announced timeline as of yet, but we're told the "grab-n-go" location will cover 700-square feet and will offer those signature Couture Pops as well as candy, popcorn, nuts, Vegas souvenirs and ice cream.
We saw a large number of new flight announcements to and from Vegas as summer kicked off back in May, and now we're seeing airlines begin to gear up for the upcoming fall, winter and holiday seasons. Here’s the latest coming out of McCarran Airport:
•Starting December 5, Mexican carrier, VivaAerobus, will offer four non-stop services between Monterrey and Las Vegas on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday. Introductory fares will start at $99 each way.
Allegiant Air will launch new, non-stop service between Vegas and Cincinnati December 18. If you book before August 19 for travel by February 10, 2015, you may be able to snag a fare from as low as $81, including tax. Use your debit card to book as, for some reason, fares secured with a credit card will be priced higher, according to Allegiant. Service will be twice weekly between McCarran (LAS) and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky (CVG) airports.
Today's news follows the addition of routes from Cincinnati to Fort Lauderdale and Phoenix just last month. They'll take off October 9 and November 12, respectively.
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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.