2006_02_instantescape.jpgTwo weeks after we wondered about the Bahamas Tourism Board's subway advertising, the NY Times takes up the task. It turns out that CBS Outdoor will remove two of the ads, because they are bad for subway behavior: The "How to turn a seat into a hammock" ad and the "Flyflish with a cellphone on subway tracks" ad (the "Subway snorkeling" and "Use your umbrella as a golf club" ads are safe). Well, duh. As amusing as they would be, Gothamist would get spooked when we'd see this poster of the ONCOMING train as the figure is cellphone-flyfishing. (Yes, we're a big ol' scaredy cat.) And the Post seems to have the first post-subway rules incident where the police ticketed a woman for putting her shopping bag (from Whole Foods, natch) down on the seat next to her on the F train - and the train was pretty empty! The CBS Outdoor spokesperson told the Times, "We don't act as censors but clearly if an ad advocates something that compromies the safety of the community, we will not post or in fact act to remove the said ad copy." The ad agency behind the ads is Fallon, which says they are "great." Gothamist would agree they are interesting, but since Fallon no longer has a NY office, we assume they just want idiot New Yorkers to kill themselves or get fined.

What do you think of the ads? Other problematic MTA advertising: The Mitchum ads and the Akademiks ads that touted oral sex.