Harry here. After the party hours, airport runs can be some of the most lucrative for drivers. Today, RSG contributor Bill Tesauro breaks down how and where to find these rides AND shares a handy spreadsheet that lists the rules and regulations for all the top airports in the country.
Ask an Uber driver where the easiest money is, and a lot of them will say “at the airports.” Airport runs are predictable. Business travelers depart early in the week on Monday afternoons or Tuesday morning and arrive home Thursday afternoons or Friday mornings like clockwork. And the best part for some is that you don’t have to deal with drunks.
From the rider perspective, getting an Uber or Lyft from the airport is more convenient than ever! The plane lands, you flip off airplane mode, grab overhead bin bags, exit to the luggage carousel, and order an Uber while waiting.
For drivers looking beyond our hands on the wheel at 10 & 2, it’s a bit more complicated though. Stories abound of being stopped, detained, and fined, then cars impounded due to local airport servicing being off limits unbeknownst to drivers of course. LAX / ATL / DTW / EWR / ORD have all experienced their fair share of growing pains related to legislative battles with Uber & Lyft and now we have a confusing web of policies that vary by city and airport.
So let’s delve into a few airport rules and regulations that’ll keep you on the right side of the law.