No one likes a smelly cabbie. Now, one airport is doing something about it.
The San Diego International Airport has 52 criteria they use to judge the best taxi cab customer experience. The list includes up-to-date insurance, good driving record, a tip-top vehicle… and now body odor.
Drivers who fail to pass any of the items on the checklist must take care of the issue before they’re allowed to resume taking fares. In the case of body odor, drivers are instructed to change and/or apply deodorant or cologne/perfume. Cabbies say that’s discrimination.
Meanwhile, airport officials say there is no “sniff standard” in place. They rely mostly on customer complaints and passerby ‘detection.’