CBS News reports there have been at least seven such arrests at SFO this month alone, after months of companies like Uber and Sidecar quasi-legally being summoned to the airport via iPhone. Now, airport staff is enforcing SFO's "unlawful trespassing" take on ridesharing, and companies are taking notice.
One Lyft driver told me the startup told "drivers months ago to stop going [to SFO]," while "Sidecar has told drivers to continue but just make sure people sit in the front seat" to create the illusion of friendship. Sidecar also beamed out the following email warning to its drivers:
Will Silicon Valley have to start taking real taxis again, or get an actual, unpaid friend to provide rides to the airport? These are uncertain times.