Some pilots are spending more time on the ground these days due to the pandemic-induced travel restrictions. One Thai Airways pilot is using his time away from the air to get to know the traffic on the ground as a Grab driver.
“The sky is closed,” pilot Mahesak Wongpa wrote on Facebook in a post sharing his story about becoming a Grab driver. Wahesak says he needed to do something useful in his spare time. While driving a car for Grab makes less money than flying a plane, Mahesak says being a Grab driver has a “very high moral value.”
On his first day, he drove for 3 hours and picked up 5 customers, earning around 500 baht that day. He messed up a bit at first, going the wrong way and then needing to turn the car around (we’re glad to report he didn’t do the same thing when flying with Thai Airways!).
At first he was worried. Mahesak says he thought “What will people think of a pilot now working as a grab driver? Will people insult my driving? ” But now he says the experience has been rewarding and he’s been able to step out of his comfort zone.
“Don’t think too long. Step out of your comfort zone and do it.”