The Clark County, Nevada Board of Commissioners voted to rename the Las Vegas airport after former Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. There were concerns that Pat McCarren, the Democrat whom the airport is currently named after, had a history of racism.
Ultimately I’m not sure how much the airport name matters. No one is changing the airport code. Does anyone even call Atlanta’s airport Hartsfield–Jackson? And how many of you know who those people were without Googling?
This is a very minor issue to most people – but it’s a big deal at the FAA. All the paperwork was submitted to the FAA seeking permission to change the name of the airport, but the paperwork got kicked back.
- When a member of the commission moved the name change on February 16th, which passed unanimously, they didn’t specifically mention a “resolutions supporting the name change” (“Chairwoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick referenced a resolution, but Segerblom’s actual motion did not”)
- So the County now waits until its April 6th meeting to make a motion to amend the February 16th minutes. Then they’ll send a letter to the FAA, and wait four to six months.
The FAA doesn’t even have authority over the name, but won’t recognize the change until they’ve made paperwork adjustments. And they won’t make those adjustments until the Clark County Commission adjusts its own paperwork. And waits.