Daniel Pipes addresses an issue simmering in our own backyard at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport: “Don’t bring that booze into my taxi.” Pipes’s column notes the proposed “two-light” solution to the issue raised by the refusal of Muslim taxi drivers to transport passengers visibly carrying alcohol. The AP reports, however, that the Metropolitan Airports Commission has rejected the solution, which was itself problematic, as unworkable:
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) had been working with the Muslim American Society and taxi companies on a pilot program under which drivers who won’t take riders carrying alcohol would put a different top light on their cabs. That would have allowed airport employees to direct these travelers to willing drivers.
But the MAC said the public response was overwhelmingly negative, and some taxi companies feared that people opposed to the system would switch to other forms of ground transport instead of cabs.
Pipes teases out the broader unacceptability of the proposed two-light solution:
[O]n a societal level, the proposed solution has massive and worrisome implications. Namely, the two-light plan intrudes the Shari