This definitely isn’t a good look for buses.
Under the new normal, buses are required to check passengers’ temperatures prior to boarding. If footage uploaded by MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija is to believed, though, this particular bus was using a malfunctioning thermal scanner. The conductor was essentially just trying to appear as if he was scanning passengers with it. Watch:
“So now we know why we are having a spike in Covid cases in our mass public transport. Protocols are taken for granted by bus operators. Good luck to all our commuters,” Nebrija shared on Facebook.
“Di ka ba naman mapikon talaga! Lolohin nyo lelong nyo!”
Judging by the footage, the scanner being used didn’t have a charged battery. A clearly livid Nebrija was recorded berating the conductor for his actions, saying it’s buses like his that are the reason for the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.
“Hindi kita ipapatawag kung hindi kita naobserbahan eh. Pinatawag kita kasi naobserbahan ko na palagay ko wala kang baterya. Tama nga,” Nebrija says in the video. “Kanina ko pa sinasabi wala kayong scanner. Wala kayong scanner. Pilit kayo ng pilit na at sinasabi niyo may scanner, pero wala naman.”
Do you agree with Nebrija that some bus operators are now taking being allowed to travel for granted? Let us know in the comments.