This sign saying the tube in summer smells like 16-year-old ham is fake

19 June 2019
What was claimed

Transport for London issued a tube sign advising passengers to wear deodorant in hot weather and saying the tube smelt like “someone left a ham behind a radiator” in summer.

Our verdict

It is a fake sign.

A photo claiming to show a Transport for London (TfL) sign saying the tube smells like 16-year-old ham and asking passengers to wear deodorant has been shared numerous times on Facebook and thousands of times across social media.

But unfortunately for fans of the humorous message, the sign is fake.

While TfL does issue signs and other reminders to carry water on hot days, the information on these is usually communicated in short bullet points and suggests passengers get off the train if they feel unwell. Snopes also confirmed with TfL that the sign was fake.

Fake tube signs regularly go viral on social media, you can find tips on how to spot fake tube signs and other misleading images here.

This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false as the sign is fake.

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