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Smelly passengers and sneezing are commuters' biggest bugbears on the tube

What annoys you the most about other passengers? Photo: PA

Londoners have revealed their frustration and anger at fellow passengers’ with poor body hygiene and spreading germs topping the list of the most annoying habits.

Commuters “hate” having to stand or sit next to a smelly person on the tube, bus or train, according to a recent YouGov poll.

Women in particular are left fuming by people who spread germs by coughing or sneezing without covering their mouth.

Coughing and sneezing on the tube is one bad habit hated by Londoners Credit: PA

The next most annoying habit was people who talk loudly on their mobile phones, followed by passengers who put their feet on the seats, eat smelly food or don’t make space in the carriage during the rush hour.

By some margin it’s smelliness and spreading germs that annoy people the most.

We hope this survey might make people be a bit more considerate towards their fellow passengers.

– Anthony Wells, YouGov
  • A quarter of those aged 18 to 24 complained about their fellow commuters taking up too much room
  • Older people get more annoyed when other people talk loudly on their mobile phones.
  • Those who take up too much space were more likely to irritate younger people than older travellers
  • Hearing loud music through another passenger’s earphones was among the middle-ranking hates among commuters
Do you guilty of bad habits when commuting on the tube? Credit: PA

YouGov interviewed 1,200 adults in London between August 8th and August 13th.