A man travelling from Iceland to London was turned away from a British Airways flight after he wore eight pairs of pants and 10 shirts to avoid paying for excess luggage.
Ryan Carney Williams, who goes by the name Ryan Hawaii, was due to fly from Keflavik airport on Wednesday when he was refused a boarding pass by the airline. He was reportedly stopped from boarding his flight back to the UK after he put on all the clothes that wouldn’t fit in his checked luggage.
Sadly for Mr Hawaii the ordeal did not end there after he was turned away from a second flight with EasyJet the following day.
“And AGAIN! Refused from 2 flights in 2 days for no valid reason,” he tweeted.
EasyJet explained that the Captain and ground crew were concerned about reports from the previous day and that Mr Hawaii was provided with a full refund.
Taking to his social media page to document the debacle, Mr Hawaii tweeted: “@British_Airways hi being held at Iceland Keflavik airport because I had no baggage put all the clothes on and they still won’t let me on. Racial profiling?”
British Airways vehemently deny that the incident had anything to do with race. A spokeswoman said: “The decision to deny boarding was absolutely not based on race. We do not tolerate threatening or abusive behaviour from any customer, and will always take the appropriate action.”
Mr Hawaii has now arrived back in the UK after taking a flight with a Norwegian airline.
Talking about the fiasco, he said: “I waited in the queue politely with other passengers and once I made it to the desk I was still refused my boarding pass.
“Security were called. At this point I started to film. Security tried to slap my phone out my hand. I moved. Continued to film and explain that I was well within my rights. Police were called. I spoke to 2 police officers and explained my story.”
This is not the first time a passenger has tried to avoid paying luggage charges by wearing excessive amounts of clothing.
James McElvar, a singer with Scottish five-piece Rewind, lost consciousness flying from London to Glasgow in 2015 after wearing 12 layers of clothing.
Source: The Telegraph