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Man’s ploy to avoid baggage fee by wearing all his clothes fails, held

To what extent would you go to avoid paying for your excess luggage? Ryan Carney Williams went a step further by wearing all his clothes including eight pairs of trousers and 10 shirts.

world Updated: Jan 18, 2018 11:46 IST
Samiksha Pattanaik
Samiksha Pattanaik
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Ryan Carney Williams,Keflavik airport,Ryan Hawaii
Ryan Carney Williams was reportedly held at Keflavik airport for putting on all his clothes (Ryan Hawaii /Twitter)

To what extent would you go to avoid paying for excess luggage? Stuff your pockets or chat up the airline staff? This British passenger went a step further by wearing all his clothes including eight pairs of trousers and 10 shirts.

Ryan Carney Williams, who was travelling from Iceland to London, was reportedly denied a boarding pass by British Airways at Keflavik airport on Wednesday, after he put on all the clothes that he couldn’t fit in his checked-in baggage.

Ryan - who goes by the name Ryan Hawaii - took to Twitter on Wednesday to share his experience, asking if he was not allowed to board because of “racial profiling”

“@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?,” he tweeted.

British Airways contested Ryan’s version of the events, saying it had denied him a boarding pass for his “rude” behaviour. The airline said that when he refused to leave, the desk called a security guard.

“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,” said a spokesperson for British Airlines airlines, reported The Independent.

In a later tweet, Ryan alleged that he was sprayed with mace, made to lie down on the ground and arrested by the police.

After he gave his statement to the police, he was allowed to return to the airport to catch another flight he had booked with Easy Jet airlines. But Ryan claims he was refused boarding by the second airline as well.

Ryan finally reached England on a Norwegian airline flight.

First Published: Jan 17, 2018 19:15 IST