Las Vegas Airport Officially Renamed After Harry Reid

Las Vegas Airport Officially Renamed After Harry Reid

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Back in February it was announced that Las Vegas McCarran Airport would be renamed after Harry Reid. This is official as of today, at least with the FAA. Let’s go over the details.

McCarran Airport becoming Harry Reid Airport

Earlier this year the Clark County Commission unanimously voted to change the name of Las Vegas International Airport. With this change, Las Vegas McCarran International Airport would be known as Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport.

With this vote, the county directed airport staff to file a change with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to rename the airport. It looks like that’s now official. The FAA publishes sectional aeronautical charts, and there was an update to them as of today (June 17, 2021). When you go to the chart for Las Vegas, you’ll see that it’s now referred to as Harry Reid International Airport.

FAA chart showing Harry Reid International Airport

The next major step will be rebranding the actual airport. This will cost millions of dollars, though taxpayers won’t be on the hook for that. Rather the rebranding will be paid for entirely through private contributions.

Why is Las Vegas Airport getting a new name?

Why is Las Vegas International Airport being renamed? For some context:

  • Patrick McCarran was a Democratic Senator from Nevada in the years 1933 to 1954
  • Harry Reid was a Democratic Senator from Nevada in the years 1987 to 2017, and he served as Senate Majority Leader in the years 2007 to 2015
  • There have been calls for a while to rename the airport due to McCarran’s anti-immigration and anti-Semitic views
  • Meanwhile Reid has been a popular politician in Nevada, and in many ways has elevated Nevada’s political standing nationally

Back in February, Reid issued the following statement following the Clark County Commission’s decision:

“It is with humility that I express my appreciation for the recognition today. I would like to express my deep gratitude to Commissioner Segerblom, the entire Clark County Commission, and the many others who have played a part in this renaming.”

Should airports be named after politicians?

Discussions about this will probably very quickly start to revolve around “cancel culture,” but let’s talk about this bigger picture. With few exceptions, I’m not a fan of airports being named after people:

  • Why can’t we just call it Las Vegas International Airport, especially since Las Vegas is a city with only one major international airport?
  • It’s one thing to name an airport after someone a vast majority of people can agree on (like Martin Luther King), but to me it’s a bit different to name an airport after a politician
  • At some point this just comes down to partisan commissions ruling in favor of one politician over another, and is that really a rabbit hole we want to go down?

Sure, I can appreciate that Reid has a better legacy than McCarran (and for good reason), but personally I wish we could just stop naming airports after people unnecessarily. That’s just me, though…

Bottom line

A few months ago it was announced that Las Vegas McCarran International Airport would be renamed Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport, following a vote by the Clark County Commission. That’s fair enough given McCarran’s legacy, though I’m still generally not a fan of airports being named after politicians.

This name change is now official, at least with the FAA, which published new charts today reflecting the new name.

What do you make of McCarran Airport being renamed as Reid Airport?

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  1. F. Joe Biden

    McCarran got cancelled. I admire him more.

  2. Mike

    So good to us!
    Don’t forget the gift of Solyndra that went bankrupt and only cost Nevada half a billion tax payer money.

  3. Pamela Walters

    Renaming the airport after a politician to me is not appropriate. I am sure there have been Nevada politicians who are just as stellar as Harry Reid and deserve the same accolades. And I grew up in Southern Nevada and I will call it by it's original name til I expire as will lots of other people. By the time the lot of us say our final goodbyes the name will probably change again, due...

    Renaming the airport after a politician to me is not appropriate. I am sure there have been Nevada politicians who are just as stellar as Harry Reid and deserve the same accolades. And I grew up in Southern Nevada and I will call it by it's original name til I expire as will lots of other people. By the time the lot of us say our final goodbyes the name will probably change again, due to some negative issues dug up by someone who has a dislike to Harry Reid. What a shame this is what is important to Las Vegas...changing the name of the airport, when there are far more important issues to be tackling.

  4. Loretta Zahn

    I think it is a tragedy and a terrible partisan jab at all Nevada residents; and a VERY EXPENSIVE WASTE OF AN AWFUL LOT OF MONEY.
    There is no dignity in the name Harry Reid, no humility, no class, a very poor reputation to advertise.
    It denigrates our fabulous town.
    Shame on County Commissioners and the Governor. The unofficial and majority of us said NO. To any political name.
    Bad and VERY NEGATIVE MOVE. Ugly and underhanded and dishonest how they handled it.

  5. Sheepdog77

    Seriously, we're wasting mega dollars for this tripe?
    Naming airports after people, especially politicians, sports celebrities, and Hollywood types, should only be done 20 years after death - if at all.
    Otherwise you stand to disenfranchise about half the people.
    For Las Vegas it should be named "KYMB International Airport" to describe the average traveler there.
    I've always left there a bit ahead, but most people don't.

    KYMB - Kiss your money bye.

  6. David

    Harry Reid was a man who deliberately told a lie about Mitt Romney not paying taxes during the 2012 election. Reid told this lie on the Senate floor so he couldn't be sued for libel.

    I'm no fan of Mitt Romney, but what Reid did was shameful. He should not have an airport or anything else named after him.

  7. TranceXplant

    I couldn't care less about whom an airport is named for. But it does always strike me as a bit odd when people are memorialized before they're even dead.

    In this case, Harry Reid can now fly both into and out of...himself. Umm...okay...

  8. Creditian

    People in Clark County don't have enough intelligence electing those politicians. That's what they deserve.

  9. Sam

    I don't have a problem with naming them after politicians, but please wait until after they've died. Naming things after living politicians seems weird.

  10. Santastico

    As if I needed another reason to NOT go to Vegas.

  11. Reno Joe

    WAIT A SECOND!!! @ROBERTO HAS AN EXCELLENT POINT!!!

    The most obvious rename for LAS is Mr. Las Vegas himself . . . Wayne Newton International Airport.

    Who dropped the ball on this one?

  12. iamhere

    Besides your comment about naming after someone of influence and who made a difference to society rather than a politician, people can't compare what goes on today with people back then. While he may have been the qualities you identified that was the norm back then. This is as similar to statues and representations of various people being taken down because of their views. Using today's knowledge on the past....

  13. AC

    Now I will make a point of throwing up every time I go through what I will ALWAYS refer to as McCarran

  14. ILAN ITZHAKOV

    you 100% right
    just call it LAS VEGAS AIRPORT

  15. CraigInNC

    I prefer the public officials be dead before the naming but Reid is no longer in office. It is being paid for out of private funds. So other than personal preference there really isn't much we can say. The IATA code is still LAS so that's all that matters. You can always fly to Reno.

  16. RuFuS

    Once again one jackass is replaced with another jackass on the nameplate. Like many others why not Jimmy Stewart, Moe Green, someone who really did help develop Las Vegas and Nevada in general instead of some contentious partisan hack? Just saying.

  17. GoKnightsGo

    I'm more worried about the precedent that private funding of airport name changes may start. How far are we away from the privately funded "Domino's Pizza International Airport" or the "T-Mobile Las Vegas International Airport"?

  18. stogieguy7

    This is such an unnecessary waste of money! If McCarran allegedly needs to be cancelled (something that's their opinion and not necessarily mine), then go ahead. But why then name it after yet another corrupt politician? Just rename it Las Vegas International and end it at that. But no, we have to be partisan.

    These polis are apparently clueless that there are a ton of people in other parts of the US who think...

    This is such an unnecessary waste of money! If McCarran allegedly needs to be cancelled (something that's their opinion and not necessarily mine), then go ahead. But why then name it after yet another corrupt politician? Just rename it Las Vegas International and end it at that. But no, we have to be partisan.

    These polis are apparently clueless that there are a ton of people in other parts of the US who think Harry Reid was a slimeball, so this will be no help to the tourism industry.

  19. pelican55

    small world problems ... it will always be Las Vegas or Vegas to the majority. it's a bit pathetic that many cities feel the need to name highways, bridges, or any other type of infrastructurte after someone famous or a politician.

  20. Harry

    I don't think we should name anything (airports, highways, anything) after anybody. The cost of tearing it down or renaming is just not worth it anytime some group raises hell wanting change history be damned!

  21. kenny

    Dirty Harry International (DHA)? Sounds about right.

  22. EC2

    Kudos to Milwaukee for naming their airport after General Billy Mitchell, St. Louis after Lindberg and Chicago after WWII ace Butch O’hare - hell Butch O’hare wasn’t even from Chicago or lived there. There are options other than politicians. I don’t like Reid, but wouldn’t want it named for a politician of either party.

  23. CMigsFly

    Lying Harry Reid...one of the most loathsome politicians and the poster child for everything that is wrong in Washington...should be in prison, not having an airport named after him. I was happy when he got the snot beat out of him by a relative, though...

  24. Singularity

    Maybe Louiseville International Airport should now be renamed Mitch McConnell International Airport.

  25. edan

    In Boston as well. To locals it’s “Logan”. Perhaps because the official name does not include the city name at all:

    General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport

  26. Grant

    If the commissioners were found clutching their pearls at the local aerodrome being named for McCarran, what would they have to say about the man their proper and upright county is named for?

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_A._Clark

    Perhaps they should have addressed that.

  27. Memento

    I do not know why we need to name any public buildings after anyone or any company. Seems like everything is named after Ronald Reagan (naming an airport after him is a bit ironic). Also naming sports stadiums after corporations is annoying when the bulk of the funding tends to come from taxes. The strangest part of this news is that Harry Reid is still with us. I would be embarrassed if they tried to...

    I do not know why we need to name any public buildings after anyone or any company. Seems like everything is named after Ronald Reagan (naming an airport after him is a bit ironic). Also naming sports stadiums after corporations is annoying when the bulk of the funding tends to come from taxes. The strangest part of this news is that Harry Reid is still with us. I would be embarrassed if they tried to name an airport after me and I am still alive. Unless of course I am Donald Trump. Then I would expect every building and street named after me.

  28. Azamaraal

    It should be renamed Celine Dion and be done with it. ;-)

  29. si

    @rich I'm from Boston and we call 'Boston Logan Int'l Airport' Logan Airport, or just Logan. It depends on the place.

  30. Leon

    For anyone outside the US it will just be Las Vegas airport, just like it always has been.

  31. jackson

    If its not named after a trans woman of color im not flying there.

  32. NARENDRA PATEL

    I was flying from BKK to BOM and the FA had to ask me to practice the name Chattrapati Shivagi Maharaj airport with her so she can get it right on announcement.

  33. CRAIG

    They *DID* pay for it themselves. Only private funds were used no taxpayer dollars. It was stated right in the article.

    ----
    I imagine it takes lots of money to rename an airport (or school for that matter)…why? why??? isn’t it better to spend money for something more useful?…if those who voted to rename paid for it out of their pocket, they would have thought twice…but taxpayers’ money – who cares…awful…
    ----

  34. T.

    I imagine it takes lots of money to rename an airport (or school for that matter)...why? why??? isn't it better to spend money for something more useful?...if those who voted to rename paid for it out of their pocket, they would have thought twice...but taxpayers' money - who cares...awful...

  35. patrick

    Wait a minute... wasn't Harry Reid a porn star? Just sayin... ;-)

  36. Hal Rudy

    Well done Roberto. And I second for calling LAS "Moe Green"

  37. Roberto

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport – Liverpool, UK
    Louis Armstrong International Airport – New Orleans
    Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield – Doncaster, United Kingdom
    Wolfgang A. Mozart International Airport - Salzburg, Austria
    Warsaw Frederic Chopin International Airport - Warsaw, Poland
    Giuseppe Verdi Airport - Parma, Italy
    Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport
    Leonardo da Vinci - Rome (Fiumicino)
    Marco Polo Airport - Venice
    Franz Josef Strauss - Munich...

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport – Liverpool, UK
    Louis Armstrong International Airport – New Orleans
    Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield – Doncaster, United Kingdom
    Wolfgang A. Mozart International Airport - Salzburg, Austria
    Warsaw Frederic Chopin International Airport - Warsaw, Poland
    Giuseppe Verdi Airport - Parma, Italy
    Budapest Franz Liszt International Airport
    Leonardo da Vinci - Rome (Fiumicino)
    Marco Polo Airport - Venice
    Franz Josef Strauss - Munich International Airport
    George Best Airport – Belfast
    Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
    Tom Jobim - Rio de Janeiro International
    Its not so dificult...

  38. John

    Clearly the solution is to name airports after fictional characters.

    LAX = Ted Striker International Airport
    PIA = Rocky Balboa International Airport
    DTW = Robocop International Airport

  39. AlohaDaveKennedy

    Meh - airport naming controversy has nothing on Miami area street naming controversy where we have street signs with up to 3 names for the same street. And the names can change midway down the street.

  40. AJO

    And Claus won't even recognize humor when it shakes his hand and introduces itself.

  41. AJO

    Las Vegas Betty Willis Airport!

  42. Claus

    @Dave T: I guess you are kidding? Stansted is named after the village Stansted Mountfitchet.

  43. Dave T

    @Claus: Actually London Stansted was named for Stan Sted, a 19th century junior minister for carriages and tack. Also, I believe that London City was named for the soccer team, Manchester City. It's that wry British humor, I guess.

  44. Bo Li

    In China, naming streets, cities, airports, rail stations, etc. after politicians has been banned since 1949, and such ban was written into law in 1986.

  45. Claus

    @Mike O: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City, London Stansted... The Brits managed to have a bunch of airports for the same city without naming one after a person

  46. Lune

    Jeez, all these conservatives decrying Harry Reid when the Republicans went around naming landmarks in DC after their patron saint Ronald Reagan. Where was the uproar when Anchorage airport was renamed after Ted Stevens? Forget about being dead: Stevens hadn't even retired from the Senate yet when they did it.

    On a more serious note, a politician's local reputation is often very different from their national reputation. Most people only know of Reid as the...

    Jeez, all these conservatives decrying Harry Reid when the Republicans went around naming landmarks in DC after their patron saint Ronald Reagan. Where was the uproar when Anchorage airport was renamed after Ted Stevens? Forget about being dead: Stevens hadn't even retired from the Senate yet when they did it.

    On a more serious note, a politician's local reputation is often very different from their national reputation. Most people only know of Reid as the Democratic Leader in the Senate. But he's an icon in NV, and was part of their state politics long before he became senator. I'm not saying that automatically qualifies him to have an airport named after him. Just that, I would defer to the local govt to name their landmarks after whomever they want. I don't begrudge Alaskans naming their airport after Stevens, and don't really mind if NV names theirs after Reid.

    And in 50 years if someone else comes along who's worth honoring, then change the name again. Big deal. It's not like someone is accidentally going to end up in Reno because they don't know which airport serves LV.

    (Fwiw, I do care about DC landmarks being named after Reagan because that was done by Congress, not the local DC govt, which, as you'd probably guess, despised Reagan. That was the opposite of honoring popular local politicians).

  47. INS Vikrant

    Waiting for SMF to be renamed Gavin Newsom International Airport...

  48. Endre

    The things Americans do to pet their egos.

  49. Zack

    Another dumb decision by moronic politicians.

  50. Santastico

    One of the most deplorable politicians of all time. I’ve been to Vegas once and that is more than enough. Will make sure I never land at that airport again.

  51. ChrisC

    dee says:
    February 17, 2021 at 5:25 pm
    Insane and the TAXPAYERS$$$$ being wasted on this is even worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If you’d read the the article you’d know that’s incorrect

    “... though taxpayers won’t be on the hook for that. Rather the rebranding will be paid for entirely through private contributions.”

  52. Logan Cobb

    Ben, curious to know how far that logic goes. The Department of Labor is housed in the Francis Perkins Building, the first female Secretary of Labor. Does the significance of the individual, combined with the passage of time (she was early 20th Century) make naming after a person less objectionable? I can certainly see the 'partisan' argument working with a contemporary politician...

  53. Widerightv

    In 2012, on the floor of the United States Senate, Harry Reid said about Mitt Romney...
    "The word's out that he hasn't paid any taxes for 10 years. Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn't,"
    I'm not defending Mitt Romney in any way. The point is that he blatantly lied about Romney, and he new that he would be protected because he was covered by a politician making a...

    In 2012, on the floor of the United States Senate, Harry Reid said about Mitt Romney...
    "The word's out that he hasn't paid any taxes for 10 years. Let him prove that he has paid taxes, because he hasn't,"
    I'm not defending Mitt Romney in any way. The point is that he blatantly lied about Romney, and he new that he would be protected because he was covered by a politician making a false statement protected by political speech. He knowingly lied and he still has not apologised for his calculated act.
    Reid is one of the most deplorable politicians that has ever occupied an office at our nation's capitol. I cannot think of anything short of a septic system that should be named for Harry Reid.

  54. Robert

    What about “Liberace Flyaway”

  55. TravelinWilly

    Washington National is still Washington National, or “National,” and will always be, forever.

  56. Mike C

    Another stroll down the university buildings tangent. When I was at the Australian National University in the 1970s they built a new residential college next to the creek that flows through the campus. The other colleges were named after various notables, but somehow the name of the new one was determined by students. With its location, the willows along the creek and the students buried like moles in their little rooms it was, and still is named Toad Hall.

  57. George N Romey

    The truth is there are very, very few heroes in history that resemble what is written in a text book or a children's book. Look at any perceived "hero" and you find lots of nasty stories. It goes with the territory. If you're motivated enough to be in a history book more than likely you've done some pretty horrific things. Sorry this did not start with Donald Trump despite what Nancy Pelosi would like you...

    The truth is there are very, very few heroes in history that resemble what is written in a text book or a children's book. Look at any perceived "hero" and you find lots of nasty stories. It goes with the territory. If you're motivated enough to be in a history book more than likely you've done some pretty horrific things. Sorry this did not start with Donald Trump despite what Nancy Pelosi would like you to believe. And it won't end with Donald Trump.

    So naming an airport (or other like facilities) for a politician/celebrity isn't probably a good idea. Name if after the city or region.

  58. upstater

    Thankfully the proposal to rename PHX Sky Harbor to Goldwater failed because of public opposition. Bad enough T4 is named after Goldwater. Sky Harbor is a great name!

    I can't call DCA "Reagan"...

  59. TurningLeft

    We should stop naming airports after politicians. Las Vegas International Airport would be a better fit.

  60. S

    All I have to add is my dad, who is a strong Democrat, met Harry Reid a few times/had meetings with him when my dad was working at the Pentagon for a while in the late 90s I believe.

    He said Reid is the dumbest person he's ever met and he hated his guts LOL. I can't wait to see what his reaction is to this.

  61. Stephen Morrissey

    @HADLEY V. BAXENDALE

    Well said.

  62. ORD Flyer

    Wayne Newton International Airport would have been cool.

  63. Dave T

    Not name one after a politician? Once National was named after Ronny Reagan, for my era at least, that train had left the station, so to speak. The idea of naming a public, government funded building after someone so hostile to government was beyond ridiculous. Strip his name off D.C.'s jetport and I may start to have sympathy for the anti-Reed sentiment.

  64. The Original Donna

    @Mike O - You are correct about Dulles (forgot about that one since I no longer use it) but I tend to refer to Chicago O’Hare as ORD, which is not the city admittedly.

    1. Screwbird

      It is in the city. Chicago annexed the land for ORD and the road to it.

  65. Duane

    @Roman,

    Do you remember when SeaTac was renamed for Sen. Henry Jackson after his death in 1983? After public outcry, particularly from the citizens of Tacoma who objected to having their city's name removed, it was changed back a few months later.

  66. Andreas

    I find it odd to name anything after a person who is still alive. In many countries, this is either against the law or against conventions. I can’t comment on whether McCarran or Reid should be memorialised like this or not, but I’m also conservative (in a cultural sense) and in general sceptical about changing well-established names.

    Agree with the above poster arguing against very long names. Madrid and Atlanta airports both have stupid long names nobody uses.

  67. CRAIG

    Naming airports after someone should come when they pass on not when they are living. This will eliminate many of the concerns about current favoritism. I am indifferent as to naming them after people. I can see both sides but it is really up to the local jurisdiction. Yes mores do change and it is not always flippant "cancel" culture. He here in North Carolina we have a segment of the political universal that is...

    Naming airports after someone should come when they pass on not when they are living. This will eliminate many of the concerns about current favoritism. I am indifferent as to naming them after people. I can see both sides but it is really up to the local jurisdiction. Yes mores do change and it is not always flippant "cancel" culture. He here in North Carolina we have a segment of the political universal that is trying to back pedal on teaching that slavery was not all that bad. Henry Ford is revered in automotive circles for his advances in car building - but if you study his biography he spent considerable time and money on advocating for what would today be considered abhorrent views. The marketing name may change but I don't believe that the IATA code so it is purely semantics. And to the last point (and most important) it clearly states in the article that the costs of the name change will be entirely financed by private funds. So in the end who cares?

  68. Mike O.

    @The Original Donna

    Does that include Chicago and DC? Not sure how you can refer to O'Hare and Dulles just by location lol

  69. The Original Donna

    San Diego Lindbergh Field International Airport, named after the famous aviator, has it’s critics given his perceived sympathies with Nazi Germany. With the exception of the two NYC airports, I refer to just about all by locations, not by names.

  70. Justin

    There's an apocryphal story from my university about naming a building. Back in the 90s, the students union wanted to come up with a name for its building and so they polled the student body to see who they wanted to name it after. The overwhelming response was to name it after William Shatner, among the most famous alumni of the university. The SU duly agreed and went to the university, which technically owned the...

    There's an apocryphal story from my university about naming a building. Back in the 90s, the students union wanted to come up with a name for its building and so they polled the student body to see who they wanted to name it after. The overwhelming response was to name it after William Shatner, among the most famous alumni of the university. The SU duly agreed and went to the university, which technically owned the building, to change the name from the bland "Student Services Center" to the Shatner Building. The university responded that they had a policy to only name buildings after dead people or those who had donated a significant sum to the university. So, they approached Shatner for a donation. He responded with a $50 bill in the mail and the irked university denied the name change request. The thing is though, the student's loved the name so everyone just called it the Shatner Building thereafter, and while on official maps and labels it was "Student Services Center", according to the Student's Union it was the Shatner Building. William Shatner himself eventually visited the building and was very pleased to see his name on an interior sign the SU put up.

  71. RT Flyer

    Continuing this trend, that would make LAX "Maxine Waters International". Who doesn't love that?

  72. HADLEY V. BAXENDALE

    @ICARUS --

    You should know your history better -- Jimmy Stewart was a decorated WWII bomber pilot in in the US Army 8th Air Force sited in England during WWII, suffering 1/2 of the US Army Air Forces casualties during the entire war (including as well the Pacific theater) and suffered 26,000 combat deaths -- those missions were extremely dangerous -- watch the movie Memphis Belle with Harry Connick, Jr and educate yourself.

    He could...

    @ICARUS --

    You should know your history better -- Jimmy Stewart was a decorated WWII bomber pilot in in the US Army 8th Air Force sited in England during WWII, suffering 1/2 of the US Army Air Forces casualties during the entire war (including as well the Pacific theater) and suffered 26,000 combat deaths -- those missions were extremely dangerous -- watch the movie Memphis Belle with Harry Connick, Jr and educate yourself.

    He could have stayed home and just made movies, but he entered the military even before Pearl Harbor.

    In addition, Jimmy Steward was the Tom Hanks of his era and performed in many seminal movies, including "It's a Wonderful Life" one of the Christmas movies of all time. He is much more deserving of having the airport named after him, as opposed to just another politician, like Tom Brady. See: https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/196679/brig-gen-james-m-stewart/

  73. Shaun

    If Mr. Reid were truly 'humbled' he would have declined. No?

  74. ZIMMER

    @Mike O.

    It reminded me that Chinese gov should really have named Beijing-Capital as Beijing Chairman Mao International Airport

    LOL

  75. The Shadow

    I am with Claus, No politicians on airport names. However I do like John Wayne, Orange County, Santa Ana Airport. Except now somebody has a problem with the name John Wayne and they have petitioned to have it changed again.

  76. Rico

    Since when are airports not named for racists and homophobes? Looking at you John Wayne (SNA).

  77. Bill

    Nothing more than cancel culture. Patrick McCarran was one of the proponents of the Airforce and sponsored the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 and the Federal Airport Act of 1945. You know things that actually have to do with aviation. He was also the first senator from Nevada to have been born there.

  78. David S

    It’s a bit like the U.K. where a public competition to name their new Antarctic Survey vessel ended up with the name Boaty McBoatface. The power of social media. Luckily sense prevailed and it ended up with a more conventional name that stands the test of time

  79. Mike O.

    Not a fan of airports being named after politicians. Japan, China and South Korea come to mind with their airports not being named after politicians (Tokyo-Narita, Tokyo-Haneda, Beijing-Capital, Seoul-Incheon, etc.).

    Leave LAX, SFO, SEA, etc. as it is.

    My one question is how do you name multiple airports that serves one region or city a la JFK, LGA, etc. without naming them after politicians?!

  80. magice

    This is almost a strictly local matter. Kinda like what color you pick for your furniture. Let's face it, you will be flying to either "Las Vegas" or "LAS." Few, if any, remember that they fly to McCarran. So you don't care. If the local think it's worth their while to rename it, well, let them. If you want to change your furniture color scheme from mid-century to modern, well, have fun! I neither care...

    This is almost a strictly local matter. Kinda like what color you pick for your furniture. Let's face it, you will be flying to either "Las Vegas" or "LAS." Few, if any, remember that they fly to McCarran. So you don't care. If the local think it's worth their while to rename it, well, let them. If you want to change your furniture color scheme from mid-century to modern, well, have fun! I neither care nor really have a say there.

    Same thing here. Let Vegas people do what they like. Why do you care? It's *their* tax money, no?

  81. Indopithecus

    'Las Vegas International' (LVI) sounds great to me.

  82. Steve

    eFF Harry Reid. Name it after a true hero. Not some jerk who got wealthy on a gov salary.

  83. Icarus

    The Donald Trump Terminal at Rush Limbaugh international airport .

    Believe there was a plan to name LAX after James Stewart in 1997.

  84. wpcoe

    "... but personally I wish we could just stop naming airports after people unnecessarily. That’s just me, though…"

    No, it's definitely not just you, Lucky. I agree. "Las Vegas International Airport" would be just fine, TYVM.

  85. dee

    Insane and the TAXPAYERS$$$$ being wasted on this is even worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Kim W.

      The tax payers aren't paying for it.

      It will be "privately funded".

      But those 'private funds' could have been used for MUCH better reasons; for people in Clark County, who are homeless, the veterans, out-of-work people who are going to be evicted, etc.; than changing the name of the Airport!

      Tick Segerblom, of the Clark County Commission, said that "the public won't like the name change, but they would get used to it."

      ...

      The tax payers aren't paying for it.

      It will be "privately funded".

      But those 'private funds' could have been used for MUCH better reasons; for people in Clark County, who are homeless, the veterans, out-of-work people who are going to be evicted, etc.; than changing the name of the Airport!

      Tick Segerblom, of the Clark County Commission, said that "the public won't like the name change, but they would get used to it."

      How arrogant!

      Over 50% of Las Vegans wouldn't want the Airport re-named after a Politician!

      The Clark County Commission didn't ask the citizens of southern Nevada, because most of us would have said NO!

      Tick Segerblom, and others who proposed this, need to be voted out!

      Harry Reid isn't innocent, by any means. He's another blowhard Politician, who doesn't have a squeaky clean background.

      Those private funds to re-name the Airport, are being misused. What arrogance and selfishness, from people who are in political office; and who have lots of money!

      Whoever is privately funding the name change are IDIOTS!

      Awful! Terrible!

  86. dan

    Until something the good senator did years ago doesn't pass muster and they change it again.
    I'm with you Lucky lets not name things after politicians

  87. Azamaraal

    Yes - in today's world we must adopt the current fad. The current fad is to apply the 'mores' of today (or the last 15 minutes at least) to events in our far distant past.

    In Canada, for example, the cancel culture (or radical left as they usually are defined) are defacing and tearing down statues of the country's founder Sir John A MacDonald. The main reason is blaming him for trying to assist the...

    Yes - in today's world we must adopt the current fad. The current fad is to apply the 'mores' of today (or the last 15 minutes at least) to events in our far distant past.

    In Canada, for example, the cancel culture (or radical left as they usually are defined) are defacing and tearing down statues of the country's founder Sir John A MacDonald. The main reason is blaming him for trying to assist the integration of Indigenous People into society through Residential Schools. Unfortunately these schools were generally run by religious organizations who have been exposed a centers of racial, sexual and physical abuse. (But that's the rub, placing blame in the wrong place)

    At the time it was thought to be a very positive idea. Remember - Canada was a British Colony and EVERY MALE BRIT went to a Residential School from age 7 or 8 until about 16 or 18 "to make a man of him". Such horrible places as Eton for example. So of course they thought it would be a wonderful success story.

    At the time it was seen in a very positive light. Many Canadians who lived through the Residential School period went on to become very successful and are not totally negative. For others it was a nightmare. But it was done with good intentions and it is unreasonable to apply today's new world ideas to yesterday.

    Although the Residential Schools are despised today by the left there were other residential schools that were in operation up to the 1960's that were not Indigenous but were for other societies. These are never mentioned.

    So changing the name as the flavour of the week is unfair to the real understanding of history.

    You cannot keep re-writing history and retain your societal knowledge and culture.

    Changing the airport name on a whim is farcical and childish. Perhaps in an example of the American Way the name on the airport should be on a computer driven display and should be decided by voting at every civic election. That would be so democratic.

    1. Kim W.

      Tick Segerblom, of the Clark County Commission, was the IDIOT, who put this name change through. He said that "the public won't like the name change, but they would get used to it."

      How arrogant of him!

      Over 50% of Las Vegans wouldn't want the Airport re-named after a Politician!

      The Clark County Commission didn't ask the citizens of southern Nevada, because most of us would have said NO! We wouldn't have Voted...

      Tick Segerblom, of the Clark County Commission, was the IDIOT, who put this name change through. He said that "the public won't like the name change, but they would get used to it."

      How arrogant of him!

      Over 50% of Las Vegans wouldn't want the Airport re-named after a Politician!

      The Clark County Commission didn't ask the citizens of southern Nevada, because most of us would have said NO! We wouldn't have Voted on it.

      Tick Segerblom, and the others who proposed this, need to be Voted out!

  88. Notbad41

    My vote is for Nicky Santoro.

  89. David

    Airport washrooms should be named after politicians:
    “I just took a piss at Donald Trump near gate 56!”

    1. Sheepdog77

      OK. Also, "I just crapped in Schumer."
      Or Pelosi, or Romney, or AOC, or Reid, or . . .
      . . . or just no.

  90. Stephen Morrissey

    Wow, at this rate, Montreal's airport will be named after a Trudeau. Oh, wait.....

  91. Roman

    Agree with you Ben, leave the personal names out of it. Sitting at SEA-TAC Alaska lounge right this minute and this airport has a perfect name for its location, instead of something divisive.

  92. rich

    I agree that it is a mistake to name things after people. Maryland has one of the longest names possible for an airport -

    "Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport"

    Everyone refers to it as BWI. No insult to Thurgood Marshall but it is just makes no sense to name things after people, especially after it has been known as something else for decades.

  93. Chase

    This renaming of stuff is just getting ridiculous. STOP naming everything after a person in the first place! The skeletons always come out later and besides, not everyone may agree a person is 'worthy' of such a thing to begin with. Imagine the amount of money that could be saved by just avoiding this naming mess altogether...

  94. Sel, D.

    Nothing like an old-fashioned hot cup of Lucky being incredibly reasonable and non-partisan. Could you imagine flying from Trump International in Alabama to Obama International in Chicago? The world we live in today is way too political for this. JFK will be renamed in 2068 because he ate meat or owned a dog or something.

  95. OCTinPHL

    @Joe Chivas: “He is quite possibly the most anti-gay politician in US history.”

    A little bit hyperbolic there? Just a bit. I can’t be bothered, but I could probably name 10 more homophobic politicians. At least he changed his stance: https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/reid-changes-stance-backs-gay-marriage/

  96. MKLDH

    My home airport, ROC, also announced a name change recently, after the abolitionist Frederick Douglass. He's also more or less a politician, but I guess few people will take objection to this change.

  97. Chuck Lesker

    If they can change the name any time, they will rename it again when local politics changes. Maybe it will become the Rush Limbaugh International. Or Tucker Carlson International.

  98. George N Romey

    Harry Reid-typical blowhard politician. Name it after Moe Greene, he was the character in the Godfather that put Las Vegas on the map.

  99. Joe Chivas

    Reid has a better legacy?? He is quite possibly the most anti-gay politician in US history. Reid said he believes "marriage should be between a man and a woman" when he voted FOR DoMA. His name represents homophobia and shouldn't even be written on a toilet seat, much less an airport.

  100. Claus

    The only cool airport name after a politician is New York JFK. All other airports should just be called by the city or suburb.

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George N Romey

Harry Reid-typical blowhard politician. Name it after Moe Greene, he was the character in the Godfather that put Las Vegas on the map.

HADLEY V. BAXENDALE

@ICARUS -- You should know your history better -- Jimmy Stewart was a decorated WWII bomber pilot in in the US Army 8th Air Force sited in England during WWII, suffering 1/2 of the US Army Air Forces casualties during the entire war (including as well the Pacific theater) and suffered 26,000 combat deaths -- those missions were extremely dangerous -- watch the movie Memphis Belle with Harry Connick, Jr and educate yourself. He could have stayed home and just made movies, but he entered the military even before Pearl Harbor. In addition, Jimmy Steward was the Tom Hanks of his era and performed in many seminal movies, including "It's a Wonderful Life" one of the Christmas movies of all time. He is much more deserving of having the airport named after him, as opposed to just another politician, like Tom Brady. See: https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Museum-Exhibits/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/196679/brig-gen-james-m-stewart/

Gary

What a lot of BS !!!

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