17 of the most utterly disgusting things people do on the London Underground – MyLondon



There are some things in life that we are just not meant to do in public.

And we all know (or definitely should know) what these things are.

We live in the same city, we exist on the same planet and, fundamentally, we use the same modes of public transport.

But as soon as we venture through those gates, down those escalators, across those platforms and aboard those Tube trains – there really is just no stopping some people.

It’s a descent into devolution as a whole carriage can come alive with Neanderthals.

Societal norms are flung right out of those little Tube windows, and stay stuck between the tunnels’ sticky particles of pollution forever and ever.

Here’s some of the things which we think are so disgusting we wish Transport for London would hand out life bans for anyone caught doing them on the London Underground.

1. Eating

This bad habit seems the most basic thing to do on the Tube.

And yes, eating anything in the dirty, confined space of a Tube carriage is pretty bad. Both for your own general health, and for the person sat next to you who can hear every slurp, munch and chew – even above the noise of the Northern Line.

But it’s the extent of this habit which makes it the worst. It’s the cheesy snacks, the fishy foods, the pickled out of a jar at 7am, and the entire full English complete on a plate….

2. Sneezing

Don’t sneeze in front of me, behind me, to the side of me, on me, around me, or anywhere near me. Thank you.

3. Throwing up

Excluding those who are genuinely ill. Including those who are drunk or hungover. Get a bag or get off.

4. Urinating

It’s smelly, and probably going to get messy when the Tube speeds up.

5. Brushing teeth

This is not ok (Image: Melissa Therms)

Yes, this actually happened. And he spat his paste out on the platform.

6. Passing wind

Please avoid this to prevent any chance of number 3 happening.

7. Clipping your nails

We actually don’t have any words for this one, especially when it’s the toes.

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9. Not taking your rubbish with you

It may look, feel and smell like one, but – contrary to popular belief – the Tube is not literally a bin.

10. Public Displays of Affection

It’s bad enough to PDA in open-air public, but to make the rest of us endure when there’s no way out is just gross selfishness.

11. Being really, really drunk on the Tube

Please stop laughing so loudly – the rest of us are trying to stay miserable here.

12. Not giving up your seat for a pregnant person

A whole different level of disgusting.

13. Not moving down the platform

Northern line passengers could always do with cheering up and this Transport for London (TfL) certainly does his best to help out
(Image: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

You can clearly see there’s room.

14. Forcing your way into a clearly full carriage

You can still clearly see there’s no room.

15. Pushing in

It really won’t cut off much journey time

This British queuing stereotype really is just not a thing.

16. Bringing a suitcase

If you’re a tourist – you’re annoying. If you’re a commuter – you’re actually the worst.

17. Being a person on the Tube

Because inevitably, no matter what you do, something you are doing is probably being ruled disgusting.