Some Kansas City taxi drivers protested on Monday a rule change at the Kansas City International Airport.
Airport officials said complaints against taxi drivers and unsafe driving led to the change involving the "short-trip rule."
Previously, the airport had a rule that if a driver got a fare to a nearby hotel, business or residence then they could return to the airport and secure the third place in line rather than moving to the back of the line. With nearly 300 cabs serving the airport, drivers at the end may have to wait up to 10 hours for a fare.
Instead of jumping back to the front of the line after a short trip and lower fare, they have to return to the end.
Workers said the change is unfair, and their ability to earn a living is being compromised.
Airport officials say some cab drivers were taking advantage of the rule by driving recklessly to return in order to claim a short fare, dropping off passengers at the wrong location, or exchanging the passenger to another cab midway through the ride.
The rule was initially created because drivers would refuse short fares in order to not lose their place in line. Airport officials met with upset cab drivers on Monday, but said the drivers would need to adjust to the changes.
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