I really liked McCarran when I was there this past July. I was on a WN
connection, at the WN
terminal and didn't get a chance to go visit the other concourses at the airport.
Also, there's a security point that lies between the WN
terminal and the rest of the airport, which means that you can't really get out of that terminal to do spotting at other areas of the airport, unless you're changing airlines and have a valid ticket for the other concourses.
It's just as well though, if I had gone into the other areas I would have missedmy connection. I barely got back in time as it was.
I remember the windows were tinted as well, not good for plane pictures.
terminal has red carpet throughout. This was the first time I'd ever been in a large airport that had a carpeted concourse. I'd only ever seen that in small airports. This was nice.
The airport does smell of smoke, yes. For being a "non smoking airport" you sure can smell it, but it's not a huge problem.
Slot machines everywhere. That was another first for me. I'd avoid playing them, but you can hear alot of other people on the wheel of fortune ones, which are the loudest.
After my connecting flight pushed back from the gate, I caught sight of a Condor 767 landing at the airport. Thanks to the person that mentioned this flight was from FRA
, I've been wondering for a while.
We took off parallel to the strip and turned south-west, towards L.A. On the route into SNA
, you get a glimpse of the aircraft graveyard at Victorville. You get a better view though on the SNA
run, the return flight, because most flights are vectored closer to VCV
in that direction. There was a big cloud hanging over the graveyard but the rest of the sky was mostly clear. It's almost telling, I guess, that VCV
would have a dark cloud hanging over it most of the time.
Anyway, the approach into LAS
is fantastic. We came in over Lake Mead on a WN
733. From SNA
, we came in on a long left turn. Landed on the same runway both times. Did not pass the stratosphere tower.
During taxi for the flight to SNA
, I also caught sight of the Arizona One plane. That was a thrill.