Singer Wears Whole Wardrobe To Avoid Plane Luggage Fee, Collapses

Indrani Sengupta
Was this young man's attempt at frugality/bucking the system ill-advised? Yes. Would we have done something similar at his age, if the opportunity arose? We plead the fifth.

Six T-shirts, five jumpers, three pairs of jeans, two sweat pants, two jackets, and two hats.

It would be surprising if he hadn’t collapsed from heat exhaustion.

Nineteen-year-old James McElvar, a member of fivepiece Scottish boy band, Rewind, was just trying to be a little frugal.

In an attempt to circumvent the £45 charge on additional luggage on his flight home to Glasgow, McElvar donned 12 layers of clothing.

En route, he became “violently ill and suffered a fit” and had to have “an off-duty paramedic treat him as passengers looked on.”

The singer was sure he was having a heart attack.

"I thought I was a goner.”

It all started when the airport authorities informed him that he and the other band members had too many bags to still qualify for the free transport.

"The woman said either one bag went in the hold or we weren't getting on. The rest of the band had gone through so I couldn't give them any of the clothes. I was told I’d either have to pay a £45 fee to get it on the plane, get the flight the next morning, bin the clothes or wear them."

Possessed of the kind of obstinacy that only the young can muster, McElvar chose the last option.

‘It was impossible to walk, I could barely get on the plane.’

McElvar realized quickly that he wouldn’t be able to keep this up for long, so he attempted to remove some of the excess layers.  But he was told he couldn’t do so until the plane had taken off…which isn’t a mandate we’ve ever been given before.

(EasyJet, do we need to have a talk?)

That’s when things started to go very, very wrong, as McElvar suffered heat stroke.

“It was a nightmare. I passed out twice and was taken off the plane at Glasgow Airport to a waiting ambulance.”

Thankfully, he’s doing fine now. The band has tweeted news of his improving health:

Now older and wiser, McElvar offers this advice to other would-be smugglers of excess clothing:

“Make sure you stay safe while flying as it would appear cabin crew do not have basic first aid training. Or have £50 to hand…”

Read more: 7 Ways to Travel Abroad With Zero Money

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