Reykjavik, Iceland : British man, Ryan Carney Williams, was prevented from boarding a British Airways flight – from Iceland to London – at Keflavik International Airport, after he wore 10 layers of clothing to avoid paying a $125 airline baggage fee.
Ryan Carney Williams put on every article of clothing in his luggage while at the airport in Reykjavik last week after he was told he’d have to pay $125 excess luggage fee to check a bag.
But Williams said on Twitter that he didn’t have the funds.
“I couldn’t afford the fee as a result of being left homeless in Iceland for over a week,” Ryan Carney Williams, who goes by the name Ryan Hawaii on social media, wrote on Twitter.
In a video he posted online, Williams said that airline employees told him he’d be able to get on the flight if he put on all his clothes, which he did.
Disappointing. – Ryan Hawaii (@RYAN_HAWAII) January 10, 2018
“They’re really having me dress like this to go on, and they won’t even let me go on,” Williams said in the video.
But it turned out, bundling up didn’t get him on the flight, either.
@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? Or…- Ryan Hawaii (@RYAN_HAWAII), he tweeted.
The next day, Williams tried to board a flight on easyJet, which normally charges fees for carry-on and checked bags — and they didn’t make an exception for Williams, even when he again tried to wear all of his clothes.
“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,” said easyJet spokeswoman Ruth Bishop.