back to article Now Russians accused of pwning JFK taxi system to sell top spots to cabbies

For a period of two years between September 2019 and September 2021, two Americans and two Russians allegedly compromising the taxi dispatch system at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to sell cabbies a place at the front of the dispatch line. The two Russian nationals, Aleksandr Derebenetc and Kirill Shipulin …

  1. JessicaRabbit

    I've never understood this pay to skip the line stuff. Shirley if everyone paid nobody would get to go sooner and if only some pay but there's enough of them to satisfy all the jobs/spots/seats etc in a given time window the non-payers are stuck waiting forever.

    1. zerotonin

      Free market ;)

      If everyone pays, just charge more and more until only some pay up. Assuming the few paying more works out greater than all paying some. Economies of crime

    2. Lurko

      Everyone can't pay up, because not everybody will have been offered the option. It would have been a quiet word of mouth thing, where pyramid recruitment goes on, and each driver who invites others needs to be confident that he's only inviting a fellow rule-breaker. As soon as the authorities become aware then the game ends.

      I'd like to think a good few people lost their can licences, but if the US is anything like the UK, that's pretty unlikely.

  2. tmTM

    Lost Access?

    If the people running the scam lost access on multiple occasions, those running the service must have known something was wrong, but clearly didn't care all that much.

  3. martinusher Silver badge

    Obviously a lousy system

    I had to fly into Barcelona airport recently and get a taxi. We left the terminal to find a line for cabs that stretched to infinity (and beyond) and resigned ourselves to a long wait. To our utter surprise the line moved at a fast clip with the queuing and dispatch system moving taxis out every few seconds. (A further surprise was discovering that the taxis were regulated and charged rather less than an arm and a leg to take you into the city.)

    The essence of getting the system to work is not "waiting for hours in a lot" but getting as many taxis as possible moving as many paying passengers as possible. Someone has to eat the cost for that wasted time and its going to be either the cabbies or the passengers.

    1. anothercynic Silver badge

      Re: Obviously a lousy system

      Barcelona's taxi system is fantastic!

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