A Scottish airline passenger’s attempt to save money by wearing all his clothes at once, rather than pay an extra fee for carrying them as baggage, caused him to collapse and pass out from heat prostration.
James McElvar, 19, a singer in a Scottish boy band, wore 12 layers of clothes so he could avoid paying a GBP 45 (AUD 94) baggage fee to board a flight to Glasgow, the Scottish Sun reported.
Putting on all your clothes at once is an old dodge to avoid forking out cash while flying on low-cost carriers. It’s known as the ‘walking wardrobe’ caper. Another wheeze, not unknown to travel journalists, is to wear cargo pants, and carry your camera, electronic devices, books and so on in the capacious pockets. That ensures you can enjoy your accessories on board the plane without making your carry-on bag overweight.
In this case, McElvar, who plays for a Glasgow band called Rewind, put on all his underwear, shorts, trousers, jackets, shirts and baseball caps, one over the other – even though Britain is currently in the grip of a midsummer heatwave.
Desperately hot and sweaty, the singer staggered aboard the easyJet flight from Stansted Airport in Essex, only to overheat, vomit after takeoff and collapse between rows of seats. A paramedic on board helped bring him round.
“I thought I was a goner,” an ashen-faced McElvar told the paper.
“I was shaking and convulsing. I couldn’t breathe.”
McElvar has recovered – and the band has gained some valuable publicity – but wearing all your clothes simultaneously in the air is not advised.
Written by Peter Needham