Skytrain offers hair advice

Skytrain offers hair advice

Passengers wait for a BTS train to arrive at Victory Monument station on Jan 4, 2021. (Bangkok Post photo)
Passengers wait for a BTS train to arrive at Victory Monument station on Jan 4, 2021. (Bangkok Post photo)

The skytrain authority's advice to passengers to beware their long hair has drawn support and sparked complaints about riding during rush hour.

The BTS posted a Facebook message on Monday asking riders with long hair to make sure it doesn't blow into the faces or eyes of nearby passengers.

The skytrain operator said it was responding to numerous complaints left in the inbox of its Facebook account.

"You should firmly hold the end of your long hair when you turn your face, walk past other passengers and enter or leave the train," the BTS instructed on its Facebook page.

"Comments on this issue may look funny but it's real," one person wrote.

An illustration of the problem is posted on the BTS Facebook page.

Some people entered the carriage with wet hair, while others combed their hair on board, according to other posts.

Another passenger chastised the skytrain over its own decisions, saying "I want to get back the seats you have removed from the cars."  Others said staff should make sure that food was not allowed on board.

The skytrain and the MRT have removed seats from some carriages to create more standing space during rush hours.

The BTS transported 1.04 million passengers in May, an average of about 335,500 a day, according to the latest figures posted on its website.

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  • advice: an opinion or a suggestion about what somebody should do in a particular situation - คำแนะนำ
  • carriage: one of the vehicles that are joined together to make a train - ตู้โดยสาร
  • chastise (verb): to harshly criticise somebody for doing something wrong - ตำหนิอย่างรุนแรง
  • complaint: when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory - การบ่น, ข้อที่ไม่พอใจ
  • spark: to make something happen - ก่อให้เกิด
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