Indulging in alcoholic beverages over the holidays may be difficult to resist. As Tallahassee Democrat contributor Elise Oberliesen points out, it’s easy to lose count of the glasses of cocktails or wines you drain, especially when alcohol has lowered your inhibitions already. Some don’t even realize they’re binge drinking by the time they consume their fourth or fifth drink in two hours (Centers for Disease Control’s designations for women and men).
Before you leave the airport, be sure to have small bills and coins. A common ruse that cabbies play is to claim they don’t have change to break larger bills, compelling you to pay more than you’re supposed to.
Take only licensed airport taxis. Licensed Tampa airport shuttle services are regulated and their drivers carry identification with them at all times. The riskiest rides are taxis with drivers who don’t have any official identification to present. These are the ones responsible for extorting hundreds, even thousands of dollars from passengers, sometimes even holding their luggage hostage.