A man who tried to avoid baggage fees by donning 10 layers of clothing was denied boarding and dragged out of Keflavik International Airport in Iceland.
Ryan Carney Williams, who prefers to be called Ryan Hawaii, thought he was clever. Or maybe he just wanted to make a point. But British Airways was not amused and a verbal exchange ensued at check-in. BA denied him boarding, on the grounds that he was rude, and asked him to leave the check-in desk.
Hawaii refused. Police were eventually called and used pepper spray to subdue him. After filing a report, he was released and returned to the airport the following day to fly EasyJet back to London. But word got around, because he was denied boarding for his poor behavior the day before (no word on whether he tried the layering stunt again). EasyJet admitted the captain ordered he not fly, but would not issue him a refund until he threatened a lawsuit. Eventually, British Airways issued a refund as well.
Finally, Hawaii was able to catch a Norwegian Air flight back to England, though not to his preferred airport. He claims luggage is still in London.
He blames “racial prejudice” for the incident, saying he was targeted for being having dreadlocks, “flashy” clothes, and nail polish.
He should have bought the “Extrago Sherpa Shirt” from JetBlue…