Maybe Uber won’t be coming to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in Atlanta after all
ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta’s airport, the world’s busiest, is insisting that Uber drivers get fingerprint-based background checks to pick up passengers, but the ride-sharing service is balking at the proposed rule.
Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport this month said they were moving toward allowing Uber and other ride-sharing services – a reversal of its practice of banning such services from curbside pickup.
But The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Uber immediately objected.
The San Francisco-based company said in a statement that it wouldn’t be possible for Uber to operate at Atlanta’s airport under the proposed rules.
Airport General Manager Miguel Southwell says fingerprint background checks promote safety and should be welcomed.
The newspaper reports that Uber has refused similar background checks at some other airports, but Southwell says the company complies with such requirements in Houston, Texas.
Uber representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press early Friday.