|MINNEAPOLIS - Starting May 11, any taxi driver who refuses to transport riders carrying alcohol at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport 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.
The only approved refusals would involve the driver's safety or would be prompted by riders, such as excess luggage or large families.
Jeff Hassan, a lawyer representing Muslim cabbies, said the issue might wind up going to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Other Minneapolis news, more from Katherine Kersten on the "reasonable accomdation" being set for Muslim students Minneapolis Community and Technical College starting with a foot washing basin. The startling bit about the story is the explanation by Dianna Cusick, MCTC's director of legal affairs, who is pointing out a site (Muslim Accommodations Task Force) That hasn't been updated since mid 2005 as their guide. Matter of fact I find the lack of information more disturbing considering its the college's guide.