Lonely Planet Writer

Poop and fly: Portland Airport to follow JFK and introduce a toilet area for pets

Portland International Airport is drawing up plans to install a bathroom for pets in its terminal building which will be ready to use by August.

Pets will have their own indoor bathroom facilities at Portland International Airport from this August as part of a new US Government regulation
Pets will have their own indoor bathroom facilities at Portland International Airport from this August as part of a new US Government regulation Image by EmmyMik / CC BY 2.0

The pet toilet area is required under a new government regulation. Basically, any airports that service over 10,000 passengers – and there are nearly 400 in the US – most provide facilities for animals to go to the loo in each terminal.

Portland International Airport will become the first airport in the US to have new pet loos installed following a directive by the government
Portland International Airport will become the first airport in the US to have new pet loos installed following a directive by the government Image by Richard Eriksson / CC BY 2.0

The Oregonian website reports that PDX already has such a pet facility on the lower roadway on the north end of the terminal. However, the new pet relief area will be inside just off the concourse connector – which is inside the secured area. It means that travellers making a connection, or those already having undergone security screening, won’t have to go out again to allow their pet ‘spend a penny.’ The new government regulation is primarily intended to look after service animals but will also be welcome for pets too.

Portland won’t be the first airport to introduce a toilet area for pets.  Last week JFK introduced a pet relief area for pets, that looks  very inviting….