This year I took a flew out to Las Vegas for New Years Eve. Leaving San Diego International Airport around 3:00 p.m. and landed at McCarren International Airport serving the Las Vegas Valley, roughly an hour later.
With the hesitation from travelers due to the recent Las Vegas shooting back on Oct. 1st, 2017. expectations of huge lines and backed up security checks, I was a surprise to see how slow it was at the airport.
The Las Vegas Police Department was one of many security agencies that were on full alert patrolling the strip hours before it turned into the new year. Hours before the new year, the cops shut down the strip to the general public.
Walking down the strip you couldn't help but feel safe as the you walk by our brave military patrolling the that night alongside the LVPD making sure this is the most protected and safest places on earth. Posted up like a mannequin, this military soldier stands by his humvee making sure that everything was safe on the strip.
Finally, Las Vegas Police opens the strip to the public. Crowds of pedestrians had to walk across the bridge to get to the escalators to go down to the street where police set up barriers to control the crowds of people that were ready to party.