In the United States, slot machines are owned by the state or local governments and operated by casinos. Slot machines in airports are owned and operated by the Las Vegas Airport Authority. Slot machines in most U.S.
airports are “pay-to-play,” where players must insert cash before playing any of the games. In Las Vegas, however, slot machines are “free play” machines, where players can play without inserting any money.
The Las Vegas Airport Authority is a public authority created by the Nevada Legislature in 1993 to manage and operate the Las Vegas International Airport. The Authority operates and maintains the airport, leases space to airlines and other concessionaires, collects rent from those tenants, and generates revenue through passenger fees, concessions sales, parking fees, and aircraft landing fees.
The Authority is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners who are appointed by the Governor of Nevada with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Commissioners are responsible for overseeing all aspects of airport operations, including slot machine management.
The Board oversees a staff of more than 1,000 employees who provide aviation support services to airlines and other concessionaires at the airport.