California taxpayers have footed the bill for Muslim airport cabbies to have their very own prayer room and foot baths at the San Francisco International Airport.
Muslims are required to pray five times a day — a ritual that also calls for a ceremonial cleansing, the San Francisco Gate reported.
Royal Cab driver Hasan Khan, a Pakistani immigrant, petitioned the airport for a proper place of prayer, to which it easily obliged, the San Francisco Gate said.
“The way we look at it … this was in the interest of maintaining a good relationship with ground transportation providers,” airport spokesman Doug Yakel told the San Francisco Gate.
The foot baths were installed on the ground floor of the main garage.
“We are very happy,” Ahmed Algazali, a fellow driver from Yemen, told the San Francisco Gate.
Mr. Yakel said the costs were nominal, but did not specify.