On Saturday, January 28th, the New York Taxi services were refusing rides to and from the JFK airport as a protest to Trump’s refugee and travel ban. Uber, seeing this, took off the surge charge that usually accompanies an increased need for drivers to encourage all those people to just call an Uber. People across the nation took this as Uber’s way of supporting Trump’s travel ban and undermining the taxi services’ s protest. The people were outraged and they proceeded to tweet photos of themselves deleting their app, along with photos of their explanation on why they were deleting it. #DeleteUber was the #1 trending hashtag that day, and Lyft reaped the benefits of Uber’s “mishap.” Lyft jumped to the #4 spot in the App Store, and many people across the nation deemed it their new go-to driving service app.
But was all of this really justified? I say no, as I look down at my iPhone and still see the Uber app on the front page of my home screen. Uber saw an opportunity for business and took it, and I don’t see how anyone can blame them for that. Business aside, why are these protestors taking it out on the airport and travelers? The airport is simply following an executive order signed by the President of the United States, and the travelers, some native to NY and some visiting for their first time, were left stranded. While Trump was completely unaffected by this protest and was sitting comfortably in his office in D.C., all of those travelers in New York were inconvenienced and forced to find a creative way to get to and from the airport.
While I support those involved in peaceful protests, seeing as though everyone has the right to stand up for what they believe in, I think protesters need to look at who is really affected by their actions. I also plan to continue to use Uber because I have loved every single one of my Uber drivers and refuse to take away their business because of an arguably wise business decision.