Boyband singer collapses on flight after baggage allowance ruse

Boyband singer collapses on flight after baggage allowance ruse

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 (pictured, centre), 19, from the Scottish group Rewind, was about to board a flight when he was told he had one carry-on bag too many, according to weekend reports.

He was told he was only allowed to take only one bag on board, so would have to pay a £45 excess charge or bin his second bag.

As a result, he decided to don all of his t-shirts, jumpers, 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."

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 recovery.”

Comments

This is a community-moderated forum.
All post are the individual views of the respective commenter and are not the expressed views of Travel Weekly.
By posting your comments you agree to accept our Terms & Conditions.

More in News