Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) is trying to find a few good men and women who are willing to work for free.

It’s all part of an attempt to restock the army of “PTI Airport Ambassadors.”  Those are the people you find all around the terminal providing directions, answering airport questions and more.

With zero pay, you might think it would be hard to lure people in, but year after year the airport gets people to do the job.  That’s because the ambassadors enjoy helping people in this rewarding position.

Also, the ambassadors go a long way toward creating a great first impression of our community with the people who are just passing through.

Here’s the pitch from PTIA: “Consider becoming a PTI Airport Ambassador. Our ambassador program is made up of a team of volunteers who are trained to help passengers with things they might need during their time navigating the airport.  Airport Ambassadors receive a variety of benefits for their hard work!”

The Airport Ambassadors are an important asset to PTIA– volunteering their time to provide a variety of valuable services to travelers and visitors.

While the Ambassadors are volunteers, there are benefits to being an Airport Ambassador. The biggest benefit is an unlimited travel pass that allows you to fly first class free on any flight worldwide on any airline at any time of the day or night.  OK, that’s not really true, but there actually are some great perks:

• Discount at gift shops

• Discount at airport food concessions

• Uniforms provided by the Airport Authority

• Free coffee and sodas while on duty

• Free parking when an Airport Ambassador is traveling

• Various Airport Ambassador volunteer appreciation functions

• Awards for hours worked

• Certificates for training and years of service

• A $50 gift card to the restaurant of choice for recruiting a friend to volunteer

• A chance to meet new people and feel energized by helping others

It truly is a terrific program that helps travelers while helping the local community and each year the Airport Authority throws in nice appreciation events for the ambassadors.

PTIA Executive Director Kevin Baker constantly speaks at Airport Authority meetings about how valuable the ambassadors are and how much value they add to the PTIA ecosystem.

If you’re interested in becoming an airport Ambassador and would enjoy volunteering in “an exciting, fast-paced airport environment,” you should call Linda McKenzie with the Piedmont Triad Airport Authority at 336-665-5672.