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As you plan your vacation to Las Vegas, it's important to understand the basic airline terminologies, fees and what documents you need to board your flight to Las Vegas. Knowing what's expected of you and what you can and cannot take onboard an airplane can save you a lot of last minute stress and aggravation. We have put together a list of airline terms, an explanation of some of the extra fees that are added to your fight ticket and what documents you should have on you at the airport.

Hope this list comes in handy as you plan your visit to Las Vegas. Also refer to the TSA website for further explanation of the rules of travelling to Las Vegas.

What is an Automated Boarding Pass?
An Automated Boarding Pass is a Customer-specific paper document that qualifies each Customer for boarding, and can serve as an itinerary for the Customer to pass through security checkpoints.

What is the Federal Excise Tax?
The Federal Excise Tax collects a predefined amount on each flight segment of your itinerary. A flight segment is defined as a takeoff and landing.

What is the Airport Passenger Facility Charge (PFC)?
The Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) is a fee collected by airports from airlines for each departing or connecting passenger. Currently, PFCs do not exceed $18 per passenger per round trip ticket.

What is the September 11th Security Fee?
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has mandated that all U.S. airlines add a security fee to all tickets. This new government-imposed fee, called the "September 11th Security Fee," will be used to pay the government's cost for providing Federal civil aviation services. This includes training, salaries, and benefits for the Federal security screeners and law enforcement personnel, as well as the Federal Air Marshal program.

What documents do I need to bring with me on the day I travel?
Bring all of the documents you received, electronic or otherwise, this includes your paper air tickets. Passengers 18 years of age or older must have valid, government-issued photo identification. If you are traveling with children under two who will sit in your lap, be sure to bring proof of age for the child.

What forms of personal identification do I need when I depart?
When you travel, you are required to provide identification to verify your identity as well as that of any of your traveling companions. For domestic travel (inside the U.S.), you need to carry a non-expired government-issued photo ID that matches the name on the reservation.

Married or divorced women, who travel under any name other than that printed on their documentation, must supply a marriage license and/or divorce decree (a copy is acceptable). In addition, special requirements apply to children traveling with only one parent or without parents.

What are the Checked Baggage Requirements?
Baggage limitations for scheduled air vary by carrier. Carry-on baggage may be limited, please check with your airline for the most up-to-date baggage requirements.

What can I Bring Through Security?
Air travelers may now carry liquids, gels and aerosols in their carry-on bag when going through security checkpoints. Known as the 3-1-1 for carry ons, all liquids, gels and aerosols must be in three-ounce or smaller containers. All liquids, gels and aerosols must be placed in a single, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Each traveler can use only one, quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. For the most up-to-date information on prohibited and permitted items, please visit the Transportation Security Administration website.

TSA

What is a Visa Waiver?
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the United States for tourism or business for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa.

Estimated Flying Times to Las Vegas

Departing City Flight Time Departing City Flight Time
Atlanta 3.5 hours Minneapolis 3 hours
Boston 6 hours New York City 5.5 hours
Chicago 3.5 hours Orlando 4.5 hours
Dallas/Ft. Worth 2.5 hours Philadelphia 5.5 hours
Denver 1.5 hours Phoenix 1 hour
Detroit 5 hours San Diego 1 hour
Honolulu 5.5 hours San Francisco 1.5 hours
Houston 4 hours Seattle 2.25 hours
Los Angeles 1 hour Washington D.C. 5 hours
Miami 5.5 hours    

Major Air Carriers serving McCarran International Airport Las Vegas

AeroMexico 800-237-6639 Korean Air 800-438-5000
Air Canada 888-247-2262 Ted Airlines 800-CALL-TED
Air North 800-764-0407 Mexicana 800-531-7921
Air Transat 866-847-1112 Miami Air 305-876-3600
Air Tran 800-247-8728 Midwest Express 800-452-2022
Alaska Airlines 800-426-0333 Northwest / KLM 800-225-2525
Allegiant Air 800-432-3810 Omni Air International 877-718-8901
Aviacsa 188-85-28-42-27 Philippine Airlines 800-435-9725
American Airlines 800-433-7300 Ryan Int'l 807-727-0457
BMI 44 (0) 1332-648181 Skyservice 1-877-485-6060
Aviacsa 888-528-4227 Song 800-FLY-SONG
Champion Airlines 800-387-6951 Southwest Airlines 800-435-9792
Continental Airlines 800-523-3273 Spirit Airlines 800-772-7117
Delta Airlines 800-221-1212 Sun Country Airlines 800-359-6786
Frontier Airlines 800-432-1359 United Airlines 800-241-6522
Hawaiian Airlines 800-367-5320 US Airways 800-428-4322
JetBlue Airways 800-538-2583 Virgin Atlantic 800-862-8621
    WestJet 888-937-8538

Airlines checked-baggage fees

Flights to Las Vegas Here are checked baggage fees for main cabin passengers on round-trip flights in the United States and Canada.

Airline First Bag Second Bag
Air Tran $15 $25
Alaska Airlines $15 $25
American Airlines $25 $35
Continental $25 $35
Delta $25 $35
Jet Blue No Fee $30
Northwest $25 $35
Southwest No Fee No Fee
United Airlines $25 $35
US Airways $25 $35

Note: First class passengers, business class passengers, active military personnel and high ranking member of airline frequent flyer programs are exempt.

On international flights, all passengers are allowed two checked bags free of charge

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