The Secret Airline Named JANET

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

There’s a terminal at LAS where planes take off and land all day. The parking lot fills up with hundreds of cars, which leave by the end of the day.

But no one knows who runs the Gold Coast Terminal, or who boards those planes.

We do know what the airline is called – JANET -- but we don't know what it stands for. It's suggested that the acronym means ‘Joint Air Network for Employee Transportation,’ but is often referred to by secret aviation fans as ‘Just Another Non-Existent Terminal.’

Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of people take the airline every day. But where do they go?

Tracking the planes, it’s learned that many of them head to U.S. Air Force research facilities and weapons testing locations like the Tonopah Test Range. But some of them also turn off their transponders right as they reach the location known as Area 51, the center of conspiracy theorist lore for decades.

It's likely that JANET is simply how government employees commute to their top-secret jobs every day. But it's more fun to imagine what else could be going on. You can watch a video from Popular Mechanics on this intriguing airline here

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