August 18, 2009

BO keeps elbows down on coasters

Bosses at a British amusement park said they banned patrons from putting their arms in the air during roller coaster rides due to concerns about body odor.

Mike Vallis, director of Thorpe Park in Chertsey, England, said guests who do not keep their elbows at their sides will be kicked off rides, and repeat offenders will be escorted out of the park, The Sun reported Tuesday.

We've found that when the temperature tops 25C (77 degrees Fahrenheit) the level of unpleasant smells can become unacceptable, and we do receive complaints, Vallis said. "Our rides are really scary, and people tend to sweat more than normal due to the fear and anticipation they experience while queuing up so it can get really pongy.

Therefore, we felt a ban in temperatures of 25C-plus would be the best way to ensure our guests have the most enjoyable experience and aren't exposed to any unsavory armpits, he said.