Travelers will definitely relate to this one: flight baggage charges are a pain in the ass. And it’s not because someone stuck a receipt up their rear.
But here’s the thing: how far would you go to avoid the fee?
While some might propose going vegan for an hour, or wiping their ass with sandpaper, this guy chose to do it the hard way.
Or to be more specific, turning up in all eight pairs of pants and 10 shirts, in a bid to dodge the baggage charge.
A British tourist was barred not once, but twice from flying home at Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport, after he showed up with eight pairs of pants and ten shirts.
Mr Ryan Carney Williams, a fashion designer and singer, reportedly did so to dodge payment for excess luggage on his British Airways flight to London last Wednesday (10 Jan).
The purported reason? He was apparently broke and couldn’t afford the £90 fee to check his baggage onto the plane. He hadn’t realised that his sister-in-law had purchased a ticket without baggage for him.
Less than thrilled
Ground staff weren’t thrilled with Mr Ryan’s actions, and security were brought into the fray. Eventually, even the police had to be called in.
Mr Ryan told LADbible he was “manhandled” when they apprehended him, claiming that an officer “‘twisted his wrists and dug their knee into his back and head”.
He also claimed to be pepper sprayed, although that was because he had “deliberately tried to fall over as he was being led out of the building”.
Mr Ryan documented the incident on his Twitter account:
You can watch the videos here.
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He sold some of his clothes
Not to be deterred, Mr Ryan turned up at the airport the very next day, having sold some of his clothes to purchase another plane ticket on EasyJet. But it seems that rumours have spread far and wide, as the low-cost airliner disallowed him from boarding the plane.
“You can’t fly because you’re disruptive, you’re unreasonable and you’re a threat to the passengers and staff onboard,” he told LADbible. “The pilot and staff don’t want you to fly because if anything happens in the air they can’t divert the plane.”
You can watch the video here.
At this point, it seems that a few media outlets have also picked up the news, and he didn’t quite like the results.
But he did fly back in the end
After Mr Ryan’s mum sent him the remainder of his life savings (£250), he claimed to spend another “rough night” in Iceland before returning to London via a Norwegian flight.
He also claimed that British Airways has since commenced investigations regarding the case, while EasyJet has refunded him his ticket.
“I’ve had a lot of anxiety since, kind of like PTSD.” Ryan says. “I’ve been having nightmares and sleep paralysis – I’ve never had this type of stuff before.”
“It was horrible. It’s been horrible. I just want to sue them to be honest.”
The respective flight agencies have spoken out.
A spokesperson for BA told LADbible: “We give our customers a wide range of fares to choose from to meet their needs. We do understand that our customers’ plans can change so they can choose to pay a fee at the airport if they need an extra bag.
“We explained our policy to our customer, and offered him an alternative flight to London. We do not tolerate threatening or abusive behaviour from any customer, and will always take the appropriate action.”
They also denied any racism on their part.
“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,” a spokesman said.
While an EasyJet spokesperson said: “The captain and the ground crew were concerned about reports from the previous day so we provided a refund and he travelled with another airline.”
What’s your call?
Is Mr Ryan here really in the wrong, or were the measures really too harsh on him?
In the Netizens’ case, it’s pretty much 50-50.
On the other paw…
So yeah, I guess there’s no clear winner here.
But what about you? What do you think?
Tell us in the comments section!
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