This incident happened last January 22, 2013. But during my recent trip last September and November 2013, arriving passengers are now allowed to get regular metered taxis at the Departure area. Thanks for a petition on change.org after some passengers managed to "film" their experience with their smartphones and posted the incident on Youtube.
|Long line as passengers wait for a yellow airport taxi. The regular white taxis are |
no longer allowed to take passengers at the Departure Area.
I arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 at half past 1 in the afternoon. That day, I was looking forward to go home to have a decent sleep. I've been working for more than 12-hours per day during the Sinulog Festival in Cebu and a good rest was what my body really longed for.
I'm not new to airports in Manila. If you don't want to take the Yellow Airport Taxis, you may take a bus that will bring you to the MRT station in EDSA for only 20 pesos, or you may take the regular white taxis at the Departure area on the 3rd level.
I opted to take the regular white taxis and I was glad to see them lined up outside! No need to wait, I told myself. But, the moment I got in, the airport guards suddenly asked me to get out and told the taxi driver to leave. I asked why and they told me that these regular taxis are no longer allowed to take passengers. It was the new order from the airport management that took effect that morning.