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(DENVER, Colo., August 30, 2004) A Landside Operations Agent, preferring to be unidentified, works to keep cabs out of a staging area. The area is for emergency vehicles. (information of description and specific request to have employee remain nameless came from airport director chuck cannon, directly by phone moments ago. Bruce Razor, 303-342-4068, facilities manager on site, works with him). Cabs don't want to circle and waste gas as the cab lines move constantly but inconsistently. If there is not a spot to move in the cabs must circle again or risk a ticket for parking and waiting where not allowed. Also verifying that the lot must remain empty as a mandatory overflow in the event of emergency for evacuation from the airport area. The Commercial Vehicle area adjacent to Denver International Airport is the staging area for all public access vehicles from limos to shuttles to cabs. It is here, in the cab line that the ecclectic international community thrives, argues and prays together. A humble and loud mix of people, mostly men, many from other countries, battling the turf that is actually hot asphalt and concrete resembling an active runway, where the energy is ceaseless. The complaints are tiresome. The languages variety and intensity lay heavy on the air as the cabbies extol themselves and their ambitions. The staging area holds 125 cabs while the hold lot has 25 additional and the terminal has 20, 10 in the west and 10 in the east. The wait is approximately 3-5 hours on a good day, 5-7 on a bad day with the possibility of sitting all day and not getting out as patience determines it is time to leave. This according to driver David Kumm also known as "the mechanic". Many drivers work 7 days a week, 16-24 hours a day going home only infrequently. (Photo by: STEVEN R. NICKERSON / ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

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