For $80, You Can Fly to Area 51 on September 20th

Othman J. Mekhloufi | @othmanmekhloufi

Over two million people have pledged on a now-viral Facebook event to storm Area 51 — a United States Air Force Military installation — in order to “see them aliens”. Officially referred to as “Groom Lake” or “Homey Airport”, the installation situated in the middle of the Nevada desert is shrouded in mystery. Conspiracy theories of what is kept at the military base span from extraterrestrial beings to advanced technology such as time travel. Such wild beliefs are what make Area 51 so famous and caused the post to go viral. Many who have joined the event are considering flying to Area 51.

A Plot to Storm Area 51

Officially, Groom Lake is home to a U.S. Air Force weaponry testing range. The U.S. federal government officially acknowledged its existence in 2013. Its casual and unofficial name “Area 51” stems from declassified Vietnam War era files from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

The description of the Facebook event stated “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry… Lets see them aliens”. It is scheduled for September 20th, 3:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) — a Friday morning the U.S. Air Force will undoubtedly prepare for. To state the obvious, a turnout of anywhere near to two million people is highly unexpected.

What originally started as a joke garnered the attention of millions. In an unexpected turn of events, it was also noticed and formally addressed by the military. An Air Force spokesman told NBC News the following.

“The Nevada Test and Training Range is an area where the Air Force tests and trains combat aircraft. As a matter of practice, we do not discuss specific security measures, but any attempt to illegally access military installations or military training areas is dangerous.”

How to Fly to Area 51

Even those without the intention to illegally enter a military base surely would like to attend such a bombastic event. Flying out to Las Vegas can be done for $81 roundtrip — including taxes — on Spirit Airlines. The flight departs from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and arrives at Las Vegas’ McCarran International. Possible dates are wide-ranged. A three-night stay is feasible from September 18th to the 21st.

Of course, another less reasonable manner to fly to Area 51 directly departs from Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport. The U.S. federal government’s secret airline, JANET, flies directly to Homey Airport. Its unmarked white planes shuttle Groom Lake employees to the base from the private Goldwater terminal.

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