Airport Personnel Practices

"Ah what? A "pasalubong" (gift from where you came from) for you?"

That is my open-mouthed question when an airport personnel in the Centennial Terminal or Terminal 2 asked for a gift when I went to pick up my cousin coming home from Singapore last week. Oh my golly!

Instead of helping and assisting new arrivals in getting them into safe rental cars, these airport personnel are actually taking opportunities to earn from them, and get money or gifts from the confused and tired visitors and expatriates. Jeezzz!

I was boiling when they told my cousin to pay P1500 to be taken to Makati. The normal rental car rate is only P500 to my place. So why are they charging her P1500? Because it is more secure to ride their cars? Oh, come on. I don't know and I don't understand their reasons. Luckily, I was there to negotiate so I left those alone and went looking for a rental car. We hired one for P550. But they still followed us and insisted on helping us, this time in loading the luggage. Before loading though, the airport personnel again asked for gifts or atleast 1 dollar bills to place in his wallet. Well, of course he said that it is okay if there are no gifts, only if there are. So taking them on their word, I just took P20 from my wallet and gave it to the man who helped us with the luggage just before we left. As we looked back to see his reaction, he was pouting, hahaha!

It is really sad and embarrassing that some Filipinos do these things. They are being paid well to do their jobs yet they are harassing tired people arriving to the country. Can you imagine how many thousands of people arrive daily in the country? With their practice, they must earn a lot daily that their monthly pay is just a bonus in comparison. What about not paying these kind of personnel Sir and Madam Manager? Maybe they will think twice about harrassing newly arrived passengers if they are reported and properly reprimanded. Let's say, when reported and proven of doing such practice, their pay is held for 15 days or a month. What about that?

Just thinking...

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