April 12th, 2012

Budapest Public Transport Unveils Fashionable New Flame-Retardant Gas Masks for Metro Drivers

In a tacit admission that Budapest’s metro trains are really just speeding deathtraps waiting to self-immolate, metro drivers are now being issued with gas masks in the not so unlikely event that the train catches fire.

The reason for the masks is to make sure the driver does not become incapacitated and can drive the train to the next station, which no doubt will be staffed with extra ticket inspectors, to make sure only paying passengers are permitted to flee the inferno. [index.hu]

UPDATE: The masks, it turns out, are actually quite flammable and are only useful for about a minute.

And here is what people were saying back before we forced readers to use Facebook to comment. Weren't those the days?
  1. LOL says:

    the last line alone made my day. thanks pestiside! :-)

  2. Santino says:

    >only paying passengers are permitted to flee the inferno

    so I guess no-ones getting out alive this time…

  3. " Aqua Velva " Jackson says:

    Hold on… I think they are referring to MUSK and NOT MASK…

  4. Frankly Franklin says:

    Is that Breivik in that mask? Creepy…

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