This Man Got Kicked Off 2 Flights for Wearing Too Much Clothing
If you ever wondered, "What would happen if I wore literally all my clothes on my next flight so I don't have to pay the ridiculously steep baggage fee?" then consider what happened to traveler Ryan Carney Williams this week for your answer.
Traveling from Keflavík International Airport to England last week, Williams was faced with a dilemma: He couldn't afford paying the $125 excess baggage fee "as a result of being left homeless in Iceland for over a week," he said on Twitter. So how was he to bring all his clothing with him aboard the flight? Simple: He'd wear it. All of it. All 10 shirts and eight pairs of pants, layered on his body and draped on his shoulder. Besides, according to Williams, the airline he was flying, British Airways, told him he could board the flight if he wore all his clothes at once.
He was wrong. British Airways rejected him from his flight.
"They're really having me dress like this to go on, and they won't even let me go on," he said in the video he posted on Jan. 10, which you can watch below.
According to his tweet, Williams wondered if the refusal was an act of racial profiling.
"Is it 'cause of what I look like?" he asked.
According to the Iceland Monitor, Williams said British Airways agents denied him a boarding pass because he was rude. A security guard was then called on him, and police allegedly used pepper spray on him, holding him to the ground. After getting arrested and providing a report to the police, he was sent back to Keflavík airport.
British Airways did respond to the event via a spokesperson, telling The Washington Post: "We give our customers a wide range of fares to choose from to meet their needs. We explained our policy to our customer, and offered him an alternative flight to London."
But it doesn’t end there. Williams was turned away again, this time from an easyJet flight back to England. Williams exchanged direct messages with an easyJet representative on Twitter, who told him he was turned away due to the British Airways incident from the day before. He was also initially denied a refund.
Williams posted a video to Twitter, saying, "I was disruptive yesterday, apparently. I can't board this flight again to go home. Trying to call my mom. Trying to call my dad. Trying to call my stepdad. Trying to call my brother."
“The Captain and the ground crew were concerned about reports from the previous day so we provided a refund and he traveled with another airline," easyJet spokeswoman Ruth Bishop told The Washington Post in an email — although he was initially denied a refund.
The story ends well, though. Williams returned home on a third airline.