Atlanta looks to New Jersey as it weighs Uber airport plan

ATLANTA – Atlanta leaders are studying Newark, New Jersey’s deal with Uber as they consider a plan for the ride-booking service to pick up passengers at Atlanta’s airport.

Atlanta’s city council is considering a plan proposed by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that would allow ride-booking services to operate at the airport under certain conditions.

Criminal background checks are a point of contention in Atlanta, with Uber objecting to the type of fingerprint checks being proposed. Uber maintains its own background checks are sufficient.

Newark officials say Uber will pay the city $10 million over 10 years for the right to pick up Newark-Liberty Airport passengers.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( that after a delegation of city and airport officials visited Newark, Atlanta is putting new regulations on hold for now.