Madrid officially bans ‘manspreading’ on public transit

Madrid officially bans ‘manspreading’ on public transit
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The city of Madrid, Spain has officially banned the phenomenon known as “manspreading” on all public transit.

According to Spain’s The Local, The Municipal Transportation Company (EMT) announced it will create new signage across all trains, metros and buses to warn against the pose.

“The new information icon indicates the prohibition of taking a seating position that bothers other people,” said the EMT in a statement. “It’s to remind transport users to maintain civic responsibility and respect the personal space of everyone on board.”

New York City ran a poster campaign in 2014 with the slogan, “Dude, stop the spread please.”