The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will begin suspending licenses of Muslim taxi drivers who refuse for religious reasons to provide service to passengers transporting alcohol.
"Some Muslims believe that it is inappropriate not only to drink alcohol, but to carry or transport alcohol," said Jeff Hassan, a lawyer representing the Muslim cabdrivers. "Some would interpret that to mean carry or transport for hire or for profit, so there are a few different interpretations on prohibitions."
Previously, cabdrivers who refused to transport customers were sent to the back of the line, a punishment that has been handed out in nearly 5,000 instances since 2002, commission spokesman Patrick Hogan said.
"Sometimes they asked if [the passengers] are carrying alcohol, or they will see it," Mr. Hogan said. "One person saw a stuffed animal and thought it was a decanter and denied the person service because they thought it contained alcohol."
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Muslim cab driver crack-down
Posted by Audrey Hudson at Wednesday, April 18, 2007