Prepare for Departure

You’ll never see this sight again—the drop-off lane at McCarran’s Terminal 3, pristine and deserted and suffused with the lost futurist romance of flight. Go to Mexico! Through the clouds! The terminal opens June 27 with 14 new gates, seven of them international.

Thousands of visitors will flow through customs each day. Business travelers on tight schedules will sweat and holler and occasionally swear. Babies will cry in security lines. Should you find yourself in the midst of such a scene, remember this image and the truth in its sleek and soothing promise: Flight is a miracle, and so are the massive buildings that serve as our portals to the sky.