Helping a passenger check-in for his flight – part and parcel of a DTM’s job.
Now, with fewer passengers to serve and less ground to cover, the team of DTMs at Changi has adapted their scope to deliver the Changi experience in a more personal manner.
Providing comfort to passengers unable to depart Changi
As the Covid situation unfolds around the world, stricter travel restrictions have been imposed by countries around the world. DTM Seow Khim Boon shared that one of the latest tasks that the DTMs have been entrusted with was taking care of passengers who are unable to depart from Changi, and are waiting for their next flight out of Singapore.
“It must be difficult not knowing when they can fly to their destinations, so we try to befriend them and make their stay more pleasant. Sometimes, we buy local food like pandan cake for them and bring them on tours of our attractions to bring them some comfort. The Sunflower Garden is a popular favourite among them,” shared Khim Boon.
He added that the biggest challenge is the unpredictability of everchanging travel restrictions imposed by other countries and the availability of upcoming flights. “Many passengers want to know when their next flight out will be, and some can get anxious when the answers are not readily available. Even though we don’t have all the answers, we reassure passengers that we are working closely with airlines and doing our best to help them reunite with their loved ones as soon as possible.”
In the meantime, the dedicated team of DTMs continues to provide crucial emotional support for these passengers who miss home. For DTM Mohd Uzair Mohd Shah, he shared his own homemade Hari Raya goodies with passengers celebrating the festival.
Their efforts have not gone unnoticed and one passenger even showed her appreciation by presenting a self-painted gift to the DTMs!