Stepping onto the New York City subway shouldn't require a brush with the dangerous or downright bizarre, but it often does: Last summer a woman unleashed crickets and worms on a packed train, causing a panicked and revolting situation that one passenger could only describe as "pandemonium." But the hellish journey of a packed F train that ground to a halt for 45 minutes on Monday might very well carve out new territory for subway horror stories.
As the southbound F train rumbled through the city's bowels, it lost power, causing the air conditioning and lights to cease functioning. Temperatures rose markedly, steaming up the windows as passengers began to drip sweat in the dark. As one would expect, the train quickly became a stifling box of humanity, sending everyone into a sopping wet panic.