Saturday, January 06, 2007

Twin Cities Airport Battles Muslim Cabbies

A meeting of the Metropolitan Airports Commission's management and operations committee produced a potential solution to Minneapolis’ Muslim cab drivers who refuse to accept certain passengers for transport. The Muslim drivers have refused to carry passengers who transport alcohol or guide dogs.The Muslim drivers said that their religion prohibits both alcohol and dogs, which they view as “unclean animals”. The Minneapolis Airport Commission has proposed suspending the drivers’ licenses and unanimously agreed to a request for referral to public hearings. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said that 77 passengers a month were refused transport by the Muslim drivers a year ago. The number of refused passengers is said to be increasing.