Airport staff warned: No asking passengers for Christmas gifts

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 26 2016 07:27 PM | Updated as of Nov 27 2016 12:23 AM

MANILA - Airport staff risk losing their jobs if they ask passengers for Christmas gifts this holiday season, Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) General Manager Eddie Villanueva Monreal said Saturday.

"Kapag may nanghingi ng regalo, hindi na yan aabot ng Pasko. Definitely may disciplinary action," Monreal warned.

(If someone asks for a present, he won't even reach Christmas as an employee. Definitely there will be disciplinary action.)

He, however, clarified that he has no problem with personnel greeting passengers "Merry Christmas" as long as there is no intention to ask for gifts.

Airport security measures are also expected to become stricter since the MIAA will deploy 97 more security personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Monreal added that a two-minute waiting time is also being implemented for people fetching passengers at the airport since traffic is expected to get heavier during the holiday season.

The MIAA is also coordinating with Villamor Airbase to allow passengers to pass through and ease traffic congestion particularly along Andrews Avenue, he said.

A "slot management system" will also be implemented to ensure that airlines depart as scheduled, he added.