September 13, 2014 12:51 pm -

Cab drivers at San Diego’s airport have to pass a checklist of issues, including a body odor test. They don’t like it.


The 52-point checklist includes: proof of car insurance, windshield wipers that work, good tire treads, working brakes and no offensive body odor (video below).

However, the United Taxi Workers of San Diego union claims that the body odor “smell test” pushes a stereotype of foreign cab drivers smelling bad and is “racist.”

“They’re adults and they get trained to do this,” Sarah Saez, of the United Taxi Workers of San Diego, told KPBS. “They’re businesswomen and men so I don’t think you need to do something as demeaning as a regulator coming and smelling you and checking off boxes. It’s demeaning and it is borderline racist, I believe.”

The airport spokesperson says only about three drivers fail the smell test each year.[su_csky_ad]

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5 responses to Cabbies Upset About Body Odor Smell Test

  1. tiredoftea September 13th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Yes, the driver’s are PO’ed about this.

    • Billy Jackson September 13th, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Figured they’d be BO’ed about it.

  2. juicyfruityyy September 13th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    If their is a complaint of body odor I would address the situation. But I wouldn’t go around smelling people. I probably would ask that after-shave/perfume/cologne be kept at a minimum due to people’s allergies.

    • whatthe46 September 13th, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      some people may smell to them. and the b.o. may have absolutely nothing to do with after shave/perfume or cologne. as far as keeping it to a minimum, the ridders may wear what may be too much to the cabbie who may in fact have an allergy as well.

  3. fancypants September 14th, 2014 at 12:36 am

    its either take a shower each day or start driving stretch limos