Taxi drivers can't refuse riders, MAC rules
All airport taxi drivers must transport riders carrying alcohol or risk suspension of their licenses, the Metropolitan Airports Commission ruled Monday. (Excerpt)
"Starting May 11, airport taxi drivers who refuse to transport riders carrying alcohol will be suspended for 30 days. And after a second offense, their license would be revoked for two years.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission voted 11-0 Monday to approve the crackdown, which some Muslim drivers say violates their religious beliefs. Commissioners called the change reasonable, practical and important for rider safety.
"We are sending a message that if you want to drive a taxi at our airport you can't refuse our customers," Steve Wareham, operations manager of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport."