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11th Jul 2015

Scottish boyband singer wears 12 layers of clothes to avoid airport suitcase charge…then faints

Unusual case...

Ben Kenyon

We’ve all thought about doing it before, but a member of a Scottish boyband went through with it.

Instead of having to pay an excess baggage fee of £45, James McElvar got all the clothes out of his suitcase and put them on. All of them.


The lad had 12 layers on when he boarded the flight from London to Gatwick. But, what with it being summer and all, he actually passed out.

James succumbed to heat exhaustion- six t-shirts, four jumpers, three pairs of jeans, two pairs of jogging bottoms, a pair of jackets and two hats will do that to you – and he ended up in an ambulance.


Speaking with The Mail he said “It was impossible to walk, I could barely get on the plane. I wanted to take them all off as soon as I got to my seat – beside which was a spare seat that I could have sat one of my bags on – but was told I had to wait until we were up in the air.

“I knew something was wrong early on as I just couldn’t breathe properly I thought I was having a heart attack. It was a nightmare. I passed out twice and was taken off the plane at Glasgow Airport to a waiting ambulance”.

In a rather ironic/funny twist of fate, James is a singer in a band named Rewind. We wonder if he might want to change his decision with hindsight?