Friday Funny: Honolulu Tackles B.O. on The Bus

The Honolulu City Council is considering a bill that will make it illegal to bring "odors that unreasonably disturb others" onto the bus.

Potentially a new way to make the bus ride more pleasant: making sure that buses smell good. This is behind the Honolulu City Council's proposed measure that would make it illegal to "bring onto transit property odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system, whether such odors arise from one's person, clothes, articles, accompanying animal or any other source."

The bill is proposed by Councilman Ram Tam, who says that passengers have complained to him about the smell of city buses.

The ACLU is concerned, however, noting that vaguely worded, laws like "odor" bans, could potentially be used to enforce an officer's "individual prejudices."

Full Story: Bill targets pungent riders of Honolulu's transit system



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Other rules

Amtrak prohibits anyone with "offensive personal hygiene," the New York City Subway reserves the right to kick off anyone who "tends to cause annoyance," and Montgomery County prohibits unwanted talking on County buses. See more: Who's Prohibited from Public Transit?

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