Because of a sick passenger

That justification for train delays always makes me wonder.

Why does a sick person on a train mean that trains have to get thrown all out of whack? Ok, so the person is sick, but can’t they just get off the train and wait for assistance on the platform?

That’s why I think the “sick passenger” think is just complete bull. Does “sick” mean motion sickness or heart attack? Does “sick” mean laid out on the floor of the train?

If so, they should just be more upfront with the info. Just say that there is a passenger unconcious on the train. At least then the hold up sounds justified.

Live from the subway, back to you in studio…

8 thoughts on “Because of a sick passenger

  1. I agree! Just because someone is sick is no reason to hold up tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of people! Why does everyone EXCEPT the MTA realize this?


  2. “Sick passenger” is a poor choice of terminology. “Medical emergency” is probably more appropriate. Generally these are situations (like heart attacks or seizures) in which the person is either unresponsive or uncooperative and paramedics and/or police need to intervene.


  3. I also read somewhere that women with eating disorders are something a problem during the morning commute. If you don’t eat or drastically reduce your calories for a few days, you’re likely to pass out, and if it’s going to happen, it’s likely to going to be shortly after getting up in the morning, and after you are forced to stand for several minutes in a moving subway car. If you faint on the train, they have to call for EMTs. Apparently, that’s what those “if you feel sick, don’t get on the train” posters are all about.


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