Cape Town - A British man trying to return home from Iceland was barred from his flight after he put on most of his clothes because he couldn't pay the excess baggage fees after being homeless in the country for a week.
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Ryan Hawaii was checking in with British Airways at Keflavík International Airport while wearing eight pairs of pants and 10 shirts, according to Iceland Monitor. He was prohibited from boarding and he refused to leave the check-in desk until he was arrested by police.
He filmed his interaction and what he was wearing, and shared it on Twitter, claiming that racial profiling was behind this altercation.
Hawaii told Iceland Monitor that the police were quite aggressive towards him, and used pepper spray on him, while he says he was being polite.
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After the police released him he went back to the airport and booked a flight with EasyJet. He managed to check-in but when Hawaii got to the boarding gate, he was informed he wasn't allowed to board due to the altercation from the previous day - a decision made by the EasyJet captain. He finally managed to get a flight home on a Norwegian airline.
He reached out to both airlines online and has gotten a refund from both as well as an apology.
People wearing all their clothes to avoid extra baggage fees have gone viral before, although this appears to be the first time someone was barred from a flight.
In 2015 a Scottish musician passed out on a flight after putting on six shirts, four jumpers, three pairs of jeans, two jackets and two hats, causing him to overheat on the flight.
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