Edinburgh cabbie charged after bizarre airport scuffle

A bizarre airport scuffle has led to an Edinburgh cabbie being charged by police.

The incident, which took place at Edinburgh Airport Taxi Drop-Off Point on 14 May, saw Airport boss Gordon Dewar throw himself onto the bonnet of Iain Hunter’s cab.

The altercation occurred after Dewar, who has allegedly been trying to crack down on cabs touting, saw 59 year old Hunter pick up three people in a disabled bay at the airport after dropping off a fare.

Hunter claimed that because of the airport’s "shambolic" drop off system, he was forced to drop in a disabled bay.

He then claimed that three people got into his cab, before a man approached him and told him he can’t do that.

Hunter then alleges that when he asked the man to identify himself, the man said that it didn't matter who he was.

However, Hunter claims that he responded to this by saying that if he is an airport official he should identify himself as such.

Dewar then said that he was going to take Hunter’s photo, to which the cabbie stated that he isn't allowed to and that he could only have the vehicle’s photo. Dewar then allegedly said that he can do what he wants.

It was then, as the driver attempted to pull away, that Dewar flung himself on the cab’s bonnet.

It was reported in The Sun that the altercation went on for around five minutes.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “A 59-year-old man has been charged in connection with an altercation at Edinburgh Airport Taxi Drop-Off Point on 14 May. 

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Both Dewar and Hunter were uninjured and no damage was reported on the vehicle.

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