News and resources for airport employees.
News and resources for airport employees.
Pat O'Halloran Volunteers, Vaccinates and Upholds PDX People Values 
A member of the PDX TSA team, Pat O’Halloran voluntarily deployed to Chicago, joining 40 other TSA personnel to assist the Chicago Department of Public Health with running a vaccination clinic for employees at O’Hare and Midway airports.
The team went through training and ran mini-clinics where they initially vaccinated about 250 people over a couple of days, before moving to a full-scale clinic. Clinic operations averaged about 450 vaccines a day, with the ability to do more as needed.
Pat went above and beyond, often working 12-hour days to ensure airport employees could receive a vaccine. Through his selfless service, a significant number of people were vaccinated. Not only did Pat represent PDX and TSA well, he brought back critical experience to share with the PDX team in our efforts to help others get vaccinated.
That's part of being knowledgeable, a core value for PDX People. This doesn’t just mean knowing all the answers – it also means sharing what you know with others.
The PDX People Customer Service awards recognize airport employees who truly stand out as extraordinary. Missed the last virtual awards ceremony? View the event recording or read about past winners on the PDX employee website.
You can also nominate an employee who embodies the PDX People values and serves as a shining example of great customer service – submit a nomination now.
Recognize a PDX Employee
Masks Still Required at PDX
You likely heard that the CDC recently updated guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. Please note that this guidance does not change our rules: Masks are still required at PDX.
The new CDC guidance notes that it does not apply "where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance."
Both the CDC and TSA continue to require that masks be worn at all U.S. airports, on airplanes and on other forms of public transportation. Refusal to wear a mask in the airport violates federal law and may result in penalties or removal.
As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to follow the recommendations from our public health partners, including the Oregon Health Authority, and will keep you posted as guidance continues to evolve.
What's New with PDX Next: May Update, Construction Noise and Bag Road Safety 
As construction gets underway in the former Clocktower Plaza area, you can expect to hear loud noises and experience vibration from time to time, especially in the ticket lobby and around the TSA checkpoints.
If you’re helping a passenger who is concerned about noise, you’ll find earplug stations at the north and south ends of the ticket lobby starting this week.
The bag road is a busy place these days. To stay safe and keep the roads clear for those using it for work, please only use bag road if you are actively involved in baggage handling or have a work-related reason to be there. Instead of walking through the area as a shortcut, use an alternate pedestrian-friendly route through baggage claim or the corridor to the east of the baggage handling system/checked bag resolution area.
We're keeping you in the know on what's new with PDX Next on the PDX employee website – check out the most recent update for a look at what other changes are ahead. Have questions or suggestions about construction? Email
Employee Parking Office Now in Baggage Claim  
You might have already seen their new location, but if you haven't had the need to update your parking pass, you could have missed it: The employee parking office has a new home at the south end of baggage claim.
While the office location may be different, contact information remains the same. You can still call 503.460.4499 or email for assistance.
Get the Latest PDX Next News in 30 Minutes
Want the inside scoop on construction at PDX?
Jen Reynolds with the Port of Portland along with Pat Bifone and Caitlin Powell of Hoffman-Skanska will share the latest construction updates and answer your questions about PDX Next in just 30 minutes. They’ll even give you an early look at architectural renderings and share some behind-the-scenes photos and videos! 
Grab a cup of coffee on the last Tuesday of every month and learn how we’re bringing new airport designs to life together. The next update is set for Tuesday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. Add this event to your Outlook calendar or use this link to access the meeting live on May 25.
Vaccination Targets Set for Oregon to Begin to More Fully Reopen Economy
Governor Kate Brown recently announced vaccination targets to more fully reopen Oregon's economy, setting a 70% statewide goal to reach Oregonians 16 and older with a first dose to lift most risk level restrictions.
Starting on Friday, May 21, counties will have the option of moving to the Lower Risk level once 65% of county residents 16 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, and counties have submitted a complete plan to close equity gaps in vaccination.
If you haven't yet been vaccinated, walk-ins are now welcome at the Oregon Convention Center and PDX Red Lot drive-thru clinic.
You Are Not Alone: Mental Health Awareness Month 
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and a timely reminder that we need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health concerns.
This past year presented many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. The global pandemic forced us to cope with situations we never imagined, and many of us struggled with our mental health as a result.
If you found that it impacted your mental health, you are not alone. In fact, of the almost half a million individuals that took the anxiety screening at, 79% showed symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety.
There are tools available that can help improve your mental health, including practicing self care. A great starting point for anyone ready to prioritize their mental health is to take a mental health screening at It’s a quick, free and confidential way for someone to assess their mental health and begin finding hope and healing. 
PDX in Pictures
In case you missed it, the iconic Hollywood Theatre sign recently came down and was slowly, steadily and safely transported and installed in its new home near Gate C13. These photos are just the teaser trailer for the feature film...the full story is coming soon to a newsletter near you! 

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