Last updated: 03:18 PM ET, Sun March 27 2016

Atlanta to Consider Fingerprinting Uber, Lyft Drivers

Impacting Travel | Amy Coyne Bredeson | March 27, 2016

Atlanta to Consider Fingerprinting Uber, Lyft Drivers

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While Uber insists its background checking process is sufficient, the Atlanta airport hopes to begin fingerprinting drivers before allowing them to carry passengers, The Associated Press reported. 

Atlanta's city council will discuss the airport’s plan on Wednesday, AP said. The plan would also apply to Lyft and other ride-booking companies.

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"While the Hartsfield-Jackson staff has recognized the benefits Lyft provides, the current plan as proposed will make it extremely difficult for Lyft to operate," Lyft said in a statement to AP.

The district attorney in San Francisco, where Uber is based, said the company’s screening process for its drivers is “completely worthless” without fingerprinting, AP reported.

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A 2014 lawsuit against Uber states that in Los Angeles, "registered sex offenders, a kidnapper, identity thieves, burglars and a convicted murderer had passed Uber's 'industry leading' background check," AP said.

Uber works with more than 50 airports in the U.S., and none require fingerprints, the company said in a statement to AP. However, Uber drivers in New York City are fingerprinted, and the Los Angeles mayor recently said he would like his city to follow suit.



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