Uber won't change security after shootings

Posted at 10:42 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-23 10:06:55-05

The fact that one of Uber’s drivers was accused of carrying out mass murder and picking up Uber passengers all in one night will not lead the company to change its security policies.

And it is unclear whether the incident will affect Phoenix City Councilmembers’ votes on whether to allow ride-sharing companies like Uber to expand at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Under a proposal now before City Councilmembers, Uber drivers would not be required to have a fingerprint-based background check in order to pick up passengers from the airport.  Limousine and taxi drivers do face such a requirement.

ABC15's request for comment from Councilmembers on the issue was unsuccessful.

Uber’s chief security officer told reporters Monday that running a fingerprint-based background check on Kalamazoo shooting suspect Jason Dalton would not have raised any flags because Dalton did not have a criminal record.

Dalton on Saturday killed six people and injured several more, including a 14-year-old girl, authorities in Kalamazoo, Mich., said.

Dalton drove several Uber fares after shooting his first victim, authorities said.  There were no reports of his passengers being hurt.