This week in weird business news…
Boy bands are known for their unique fashion sense (see any group photo of *NSYNC).
On Wednesday a member of the Glasgow-based group Rewind took quirky style to a whole new level. In order to avoid a 45 pound (about $70 USD) baggage fee on an EasyJet flight from Essex to Glasgow, band member James McElvar put on 12 layers of clothing. That’s right… six T-shirts, five sweaters, three pairs of jeans, two sweat pants, two jackets and two hats. Shortly after boarding the plane he passed out from heat exhaustion and was treated by an off-duty medic who happened to be on the flight.
“The woman said either one bag went in the hold or we weren’t getting on,” he explained to The Sun. “The rest of the band had gone through so I couldn’t give them any of the clothes. I was told I’d either have to pay a £45 fee to get it on the plane, get the flight the next morning, bin the clothes or wear them.” Once the plane was in motion, McElvar began to undress but not quickly enough to prevent overheating.
Once landing in Glasgow, the 19-year-old McElvar visited a hospital where he was monitored and released. “It was a nightmare. I passed out twice and was taken off the plane at Glasgow Airport to a waiting ambulance,” he said.
RyanAir, a discount European airline that rivals EasyJet has offered the band two checked bags for free on their next trip.
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