It’s hard to fix airport signage problem that officials say doesn’t exist

Just call me Princess Tenpercenter, my new Indian name taken in honor of my proud Cherokee ancestry and the 10 percent who officials claim are the only ones who have trouble with the signage at McCarran International Airport.

From the response I’ve had since that column ran last Saturday, there’s a whole tribe who think signage at the airport is lousy, particularly when entering from the airport tunnel.

Department of Aviation spokesman Chris Jones, aka Chief Signdefender, believes the signage is adequate. He concedes it’s easy for drivers to get confused, but he’s not willing to concede signage is the culprit.

He blames the short distance drivers have to make their decisions to change lanes, and the excessive speed of drivers. He’s right about that. Because so many commute via the tunnel, some drivers are racing while others are trying to slowly navigate the airport’s directional signs. It’s a dangerous mix.

During my ride along with Jones, cabbies twice nearly clipped us as we went round and round and round and round using the tunnel approach, changing lanes, following signs.

Jones has alternative explanations. "It’s easy to blame signage, but a more likely culprit is that airport roadways must channel traffic to a varying number of destination points (ticketing, long-term parking, passenger pick-up, etc.), typically within a very small geographic footprint. The signs are there, but people don’t always see them with everything else that’s going on around them, or they may not be in position to make the necessary maneuvers even when they do see the signs."

Jones said my earlier suggestion of adding "and" to signs that said "Terminal 1 departing flights" isn’t ever done in the sign world. OK.

What about my latest idea? Let’s add "all" to departing flights so people won’t get confused about whether they are chasing departing flights for Terminal 1 or Terminal 2. How tough is that?

I urged him to consider "All Departing Flights" as a solution.

Chief Signdefender made no promises to the woman distantly related to Cherokee families with the names Tenkiller and Mankiller.

The princess is empowered by the public’s 100 plus comments.

Former airport employee Lynn Barnett wrote: "The biggest complaint I heard from people flying out of there was the lack of signs. It’s a joke for them to claim that only 10 percent of people surveyed thought that there was any problems with the signs. … The airport has a long way to go before it is user friendly."

"Your comments on McCarran signs were right on. The signage is the most confusing of any airport we have ever been in. We are there frequently and still get confused. It would also help if they repainted the directional triangles and reviewed their inconsistent speed limit signs," wrote Jim and Diane Hutkin of Henderson.

"I live in Green Valley and I make constant runs to the airport to pick people up or drop them off. I STILL have problems navigating for the drop-offs," Pearl Adams wrote.

Dan Jacobs wrote: "As a former airline captain, I’ve flown into airports all over the world and usually driven into and out of most of them, and I’m not even close to being ‘directionally challenged.’ McCarran International Airport ranks up in the top 2 for bad signage."

Jacobs assured me I was not a dummy.

Taking the opposing view was David Clark Sr. "In reference to your comments in today’s paper, one of the biggest annoyances is reading your very biased dribble. … Your type of negative, crying, finger pointing which you market under the name of ‘commentary’ would be better placed in something like The National Enquirer or Star."

Les Altman offered Jones a challenge. "Let him pick FIVE drivers who have NEVER been to McCarran. I will bet money that 3 out of the 5 miss their destination." He’s willing to put up $100 if the airport will put up $10,000 and the winner donates the money to a worthy cause — proper signage at McCarran.

Princess Tenpercenter tried to suggest an easy fix to help others from going round and round at the airport, but I fear I’ve failed. Faced with resistance from airport officials, the easy fix for me is to use the easier-to-follow approach from Tropicana Avenue. But that doesn’t help those in the south.

Jane Ann Morrison’s column appears Monday, Thursday and Saturday. E-mail her at or call (702) 383-0275.

NSPCA Gets Kittens From LA
Man killed during road-rage incident
Las Vegas police are looking for two men involved in the shooting death of a man outside a 7-Eleven story at Bonanza Road and Maryland Parkway on Nov. 12, 2018. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System hosts Veterans Day Car Show and BBQ
The 4th Annual Veterans Day Car Show and BBQ is held in celebration of Veterans Day at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Medical Center in North Las Vegas, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Wildfires in Southern California
Wildfires hit Ventura County, Calif., on Nov. 9, 2018. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dedication of Nevada's Battle Born memorial
The state of Nevada on Friday dedicated its Battle Born memorial honoring 895 state residents who have died in America’s wars.
Las Vegas police and Sunrise Children's Hospital hope to prevent infant deaths
The Metropolitan Police Department and Sunrise Children's Hospital held a press conference to get the message out on preventable infant deaths attributed to "co-sleeping" and other unsafe sleeping habits. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
No serious injuries after car hits tree in south Las Vegas
One person reported minor injuries but wasn’t hospitalized after a Wednesday morning crash in the south valley.
Nellis Air Force Base keeps airmen fed
Nellis Air Force Bass airmen have delicious and healthy food items, and a variety of dining facilities to choose from. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Suspicious package found at central Las Vegas post office
Las Vegas police determined that a suspicious package found Monday morning at a central valley post office was not a threat.
Suspicious package found at central Las Vegas post office
Police evacuated the area around the Garside Station post office early Monday morning near Oakey and Decatur boulevards.
With husband's passing, family in limbo for workers' comp claim
Meredith Tracy's husand, Russell Tracy, died more than a year ago on his first day working for a new company when he fell 22 feet into a manhole that was not properly safeguarded. His employer was fined $82,000 in penalties for unsafe practices, but the company has denied her workers' compensation claim, leaving her with no compensation since the death. Rachel Aston Las Vegas Review-Journal @rookie__rae
With husband's passing, family in limbo for workers' comp claim
Meredith Tracy's husand, Russell Tracy, died more than a year ago on his first day working for a new company when he fell 22 feet into a manhole that was not properly safeguarded. His employer was fined $82,000 in penalties for unsafe practices, but the company has denied her workers' compensation claim, leaving her with no compensation since the death. Rachel Aston Las Vegas Review-Journal @rookie__rae
Las Vegas family shares flu warning
Carlo and Brenda Occhipinti lost their son, Carlo Jr., or “Junior,” to the flu last year.
Author Randall Cannon shares an anecdote about Stadust Raceway
Author Randall Cannon shares an anecdote about Dan Blocker, who played Hoss Cartwright on the TV show "Bonanza," and the actor's passion for auto racing at Stardust International Raceway in Las Vegas during the 1960s. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal.)
Project Neon 85 percent complete
On Wednesday morning Oct. 31, Interstate 15 northbound lane restrictions were removed opening up Exit 41 to Charleston Blvd. On Thursday Nov. 1, Interstate 15 southbound lane restrictions were removed. The new southbound off-ramp to Sahara Ave. and Highland Dr. also opened Thursday, November 1. With Project Neon 85% finished the flow of traffic on Interstate 15 has substantially diminished. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Girl killed after jumping from bridge onto 215 Beltway in Henderson
Eastbound lanes of the 215 Beltway are shut down by the Nevada Highway Patrol after a female juvenile jumped from the 215 overpass at Stephanie and was struck by a FedEx tractor trailer. Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal @Vegas88s
Kristallnacht story
An interview with 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Alexander Kuechel who survived seven concentration camps and didn’t leave Germany until after World War II was over. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
1 dead in central Las Vegas crash
An early Wednesday morning crash left at least one person dead and another injured. The crash was reported just around 3 a.m. at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Swenson Street. At least two vehicles were involved in the crash, one of which caught fire. Debris was scattered across the intersection as police combed the area as they investigated the scene. Flamingo is blocked in both directions between Swenson and Cambridge Street. Northbound Swenson is blocked at the intersection.
Richard Knoeppel named the 2018 Nevada Teacher of the Year
Richard Knoeppel, an architecture design instructor at the Advanced technologies Academy, named the 2018 Nevada Teacher of the Year on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mojave Poppy Bees
(Zach Portman/University of Minnesota Department of Entomology) Male Mojave poppy bees exhibit territorial fighting behavior. The Center for Biological Diversity wants the bee, found only in Clark County, to be added to the endangered species list.
Clark County Schools announce random searches
Clark County School District middle and high school students will be subject to random searches for weapons under a new initiative to combat the wave of guns found on campus. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ron Jeremy and Heidi Fleiss React to Dennis Hof's Death
Ron Jeremy and Heidi Fleiss speak about their friend and prominent brothel owner Dennis Hof's death at Dennis Hof's Love Ranch. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof has died
Nevada brothel owner and Republican candidate for Nevada State Assembly District 36, Dennis Hof has died. He was 72. Nye County Sherriff's office confirmed. Hof owned Love Ranch brothel, located in Crystal, Nevada.
Las Vegas police investigate suspicious package at shopping center
Las Vegas police evacuated a southeast valley shopping center at Flamingo and Sandhill roads early Tuesday morning while they investigated reports of a suspicious package. (Max Michor/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Las Vegas Metro hosts the K-9 Trials
The Las Vegas Metro K-9 Trials returns to the Orleans Arena to benefit the Friends For Las Vegas Police K-9 group.
Kingman residents love their little town
Residents of Kingman, Ariz. talk about how they ended up living in the Route 66 town, and what they love about their quiet community. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Service at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Twelve unclaimed veterans are honored at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City in Oct. 9, 2018. (Briana Erickson/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas house prices reach highest level in 11 years
Las Vegas house prices are rising But so is the amount of available homes on the market Still, properties priced below $300,000 are selling fast And September was the first time since June 2007 that the median house price reached the $300,000 mark Las Vegas home prices have been rising at one of the fastest rates in the country over the past year Recent data show the market is now less affordable than the national average
National Night Out
About 100 Summerlin residents gathered at Park Centre Dr. in Summerlin on Tuesday for National Night Out. Lt. Joshua Bitsko with Las Vegas Metro, played with 3-year-old David who was dressed as a police officer. Face painting, fire truck tours and more kept kids busy as parents roamed behind them. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rural homeless issue comes to a head in Pahrump
On Sept. 12, Pahrump sheriff deputies told residents of a homeless encampment on private property that they had 15 minutes to vacate and grab their belongings. That decision might face some legal consequences. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
News Headlines
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
You May Like

You May Like