Thinking of Storming Area 51? Here Are Some Things To Help You With Your Travel Plans

Area 51 is a U.S. Air Force military installation located at Groom Lake in southern Nevada. Acquired by the U.S. in 1955, the installation has been the focus of numerous conspiracies involving extraterrestrial life, although its only confirmed use is as a flight testing facility.

There are all sorts of mysteries surrounding Area 51, since regular people aren’t allowed to visit it. The conspiracy theorists have also had a field day about the area for nearly 65 years.

Anyway, Facebook, being Facebook, has the capability to make things go viral, so when Matty Roberts, a Bakersfield, CA college student, made a Facebook event to “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop Us All,” people took notice and, as of this writing, nearly 2 million people are signed up and another million and a half are “interested.”

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If you’re one of those 2,000,000 who are planning on attending the event, you may want to have some extra plans that you might not use for regular travel. For instance…

  • Click here for info about the meeting place, Area 51 Alien Travel Center
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  • More information about Area 51:
  • Tripadvisor reviews of Area 51 (some are written in fun, some are reviews of local tours and towns. Fun reads, overall).
  • The things that the nearby towns are planning for the event:
  • Not really about the event, but for aviation geeks – the U.S. government’s secret airline, that points to being a shuttle for many of Area 51’s employees:

By the way, before you make plane reservations to get you to Nevada on September 20, keep in mind that the event is just for fun and not real. Unfortunately, it seems like a few people aren’t getting that it’s a parody. As Roberts said to WKYT:

“A few people that are really serious and I’m kind of worried about that. I’ve had a couple people DM the page where they’re like, ‘I’m willing to die for the government. Let’s do this.’ And I’m just like, ‘Oh my God.’ They’re all like hardcore strength in numbers, that kind of thing, but if there’s only like two of those guys out there, I think we’ll be OK.”

The popularity of the event also has him a little concerned:

“Like, I figured the FBI would be knocking on my door right about now, but nobody has shown up, nobody’s tried to contact me, nobody’s messaged the page. It’s interesting, for sure,” he said.

 The Washington Post asked how officials would deal with anyone showing up for the event. Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews declined to elaborate on specific details of the military’s plans.
But, she did issue this warning:“[Area 51] is an open training range for the US Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” McAndrews said. “The US Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”

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