PSA: don't get into just any cab @ JFK

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  1. viguera
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    This seems to happen every couple of years... tourist(s) get swindled into getting into somebody's cab and they get taken for a ride -- sometimes quite literally.

    The latest story comes from a family arriving from Panama City, which end up in an unlicensed cab driven by a guy that had been arrested half a dozen times. The cops recognize him and try to box him in but he decides that he's gonna make a run for it -- with the tourists still in the car, of course. :)

    Police pursuit ensues, along with grabbing of steering wheel and crash into a guardrail.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/22/n...sed-taxi-driver.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

    Hey... it's a story to tell about your trip to New York, no? :)

    The last notable one of these was when five French tourists got into an unlicensed van which was chased by the cops for almost 10 miles before the driver ended up in a dead-end street, drove into a postal facility and jumped out -- leaving the tourists inside.

    Again, if you're arriving at JFK and want a taxi just walk over to ground transportation and ignore anybody that tries to get you into their car. There's a line of cabs outside and an attendant that will take care of you. :)
     
  2. MSPeconomist
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    It's also a good idea to verify that the driver looks vaguely like the photo on the taxi license and that the meter is turned on at the start of your trip if there isn't an applicable flat rate fare.
     
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    Alternatively, if you're headed to midtown, consider taking the Airtrain to Jamaica Station, then LIRR to Penn Station. It takes ~30 minutes, and costs under $15.00. Then from Penn Station you can catch the subway, or a yellow cab.
     
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    That's good advice anywhere that has taxi licenses and meters.

    Also the flat fair is often a rip off. Though not always.
     
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    From JFK to Manhattan you can only do a flat fare, and it's $45.50 plus tolls. Elsewhere in NYC (other 4 boroughs) it's the metered rate + tolls.
     
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    It creeps me out when I see people getting into unlicensed cabs or worse, following the guy asking in the luggage claim area if you need a ride into the parking lot where he might have a car and buddies waiting. I half expect to see a news story the next day that some tourists were robbed, murdered, etc.
     
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