Airport Safety and Security

Air traveler safety is the top priority at Portland International Airport (PDX). The Port of Portland works hard to help make air travel as safe as possible and to provide the best customer service along the way.

Travelers are encouraged to click on "Travel Tips" in the left menu to learn specific information about what to expect when traveling via PDX.

Federal Agencies Involved in Aviation Safety and Security
There are several federal agencies involved with aviation safety and security. Below you will find links to the other agencies along with a brief description of each agency.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
The TSA operates all security checkpoints at airports nationwide, including PDX. Signed into law by President Bush on November 19, 2001, the TSA was created by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act as a department within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Besides providing a better-coordinated defense of the homeland, DHS is also dedicated to protecting the rights of American citizens and enhancing public services, such as natural disaster assistance and citizenship services.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
The priority mission of CBP is to prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States. CBP is also responsible for apprehending individuals attempting to enter the United States illegally.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
As a department within the DOT, the FAA is responsible for air traffic control and the certification of airports, airlines, airplanes and pilots.

Public Safety and Security Departments
The Port of Portland, which owns and maintains Portland International Airport, also operates the fire, police and security departments located at PDX.

Port of Portland Fire Department
The Fire Department manages several emergency programs at PDX, including aircraft rescue and fire fighting, paramedic, and water rescue services.

Port of Portland Police Department
The Police Department provides for the safety and security of people and property in and around PDX through emergency response; progressive enforcement of federal, state and local laws; and proactive crime prevention. The department works in conjunction with other state and federal agencies.

Security Badging Office
The PDX Security Badging office coordinates all of the airport's security badging efforts. The office is open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information about security badging, please contact 503.460.4500 or 800.547.8411 extension 4500.


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