NYC Targets People Who Spread Their Legs While Sitting On The Subway (Photos)

by Emily Arata

It's a crowded train, and you're packed in between two "man spreaders" with their knees miles apart.

Not the most comfortable feeling in the world.

The New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will soon take action against the seat-hogging people of the subway system, according to reports from AM New York.

In January, the MTA will unveil an entirely new public service campaign aimed at preserving space on its already packed trains.

That means leg-spreaders, backpack wearers and people who place grocery bags on the seat.

An MTA spokesman called the new slogan "something new, something fresh."

Although the campaign is a few months away, you can still take a moment to laugh at the problems that come with public transit.

New York City's seat-hogging problem has become such an epidemic, humor blogs like Men Taking Up Too Much Space On The Train have sprung into existence.

View my favorite user-submitted images from the Tumblr below.

Not touching you! Not touching you!

Sir, those are two separate human-sized seats.

Great! Enough room for you and your briefcase. That woman absolutely didn't want to breathe. We get it: balls. We can see them. He's just lounging. Give that shopping bag a wide berth. He's comfortable, and that's all that matters. He's modestly shielding himself. Women, too, like to have space between their legs. The New York subway system is this man's personal closet. Hide your shameful face behind those sunglasses. At least he brought his own seat. He's stretching out his inner thighs. Cozy. This man knows exactly what he's doing. She looks like she's really settling in there. I can see everything. Everything. This is not a sofa in your home. The only thing worse than one "man spreader?" Two "man spreaders." That's right, just settle in. This man wins the "hogging public transit space" battle.

Citations: MTA campaign to target backpacks man spreading (AM New York )