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A Discreet Fleet of Vegas Cabbies

17db22cc57e67f9a26057f64ca6e4373Flash forward: it’s Friday, it’s July, and your flight just landed at McCarran.

Your transportation options:

1. Ninety minutes waiting in an outdoor cab line.

2. The first business-class crusade through the desert on foot.

3. The bus.

Then—suddenly—a cab comes screeching to a halt. At which point, you flash a secret code to an airport worker, tip your hat to the folks in line and... go.

You’ve just met @HackingVegas, a rogue fleet of Vegas cabbies with no regard for the conventions of airport cab pickup whatsoever, available now by tweet.

To understand this outfit, take the razor-punctuality of Ryan Gosling’s character from Drive, sprinkle in the social media savvy of a Kardashian-Odom and add the flight-tracking aptitude of John Cusack from Pushing Tin.

Your job: to send the dispatcher (a former ambulance driver turned Vegas cabbie) a tweet with your flight info. As you circle over the Strip with a martini, he’ll be tracking your progress via flight tracker, enabling him to pinpoint your pickup to within minutes of touchdown (anything beyond that window, you’re on your own).

Your ride: waiting on the other side of door #2 at baggage claim. When you spot an airport employee in a brown shirt, show him the number tweeted to you at confirmation—his cue to whisk you into the leathery chariot that just swooped in.

Possibly with an ad for a gentlemen’s club on top.

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