Singer Wears All Clothes To Beat Bag Fee, Pukes, Passes Out
A boyband singer collapsed on
an EasyJet flight from Stansted to Glasgow while wearing 12 layers of clothing
in a bid to beat the excess luggage fee.
James McElvar, 19, from the
Scottish group Rewind, was about to board a flight when he was told he had one
carry-on bag too many and would have to pay a £45 excess charge.
With practical Scottish
frugality, McElvar decided to don all of his t-shirts, hoodies, jeans, jogging
bottoms, jackets and hats.
“There was a lot of
clothes," he said on the band's Twitter feed. "It was very difficult
to walk onto the plane. I managed to sit in the seat for a minute or two. But I
just couldn't take the heat."
Barely able to move, he could
not even get the seatbelt round him.
He told the Sun: "I thought I
was a goner. It felt just like I was having a heart attack. I was so hot I felt
I would pass out as soon as I boarded. I was soaked with sweat and within
minutes I was sick. I got moved to another seat but I collapsed moments later.
I was shaking and convulsing. I couldn't breathe.
“I heard someone shouting, 'Man
down - is there a doctor on board?' An off-duty paramedic rushed to my aid
and an oxygen tank was brought to me. Other passengers held my legs and arms to
stop them shaking."
Wow. What a sad and dramatic
story. Maybe there's a song in it? Do boybands write songs?
The airline said: “EasyJet has
one of the most generous cabin bag allowances with no weight limit and each
passenger is allowed to take one bag into the cabin up to 56 x 45 x 25cm
including handles and wheels.
“In this instance the passenger
had two items of cabin baggage which he could not combine into the allocated
bag allowance and as such he was asked to either combine his baggage into one
bag or pay £45 to check the bag into the hold. During the flight Mr. McElvar
became unwell and our crew onboard assisted him. We wish him a speedy