If you wanted proof that the law has no sense of humour look no further than this recent example in which a man was arrested at an airport for wearing too many clothes.
The expression ‘hell freezes over’ couldn’t be more appropriate right now, it is positively Baltic (and yet for some reason I’m still wearing ankle socks), it gets even colder when you’re aboard an aeroplane. Unless you have the privilege of being in first-class, you’ll usually find flying economy is akin to being in a butcher’s meat freezer, particularly in this climate.
Now couple that with flying out to Iceland and in some strange way you can understand why Ryan Carney Williams, better known in the contemporary fashion scene as Ryan Hawaii, wore so many layers. Turns out airport security wasn’t so accommodating.
Hawaii was arrested by border police at Keflavík International Airport in Iceland, last week Wednesday January 10, when he tried to board a British Airways flight while wearing an excessive amount of clothes.
It turns out his decision to wear his entire suitcase had nothing to do with the temperature but more to do with avoiding paying the airline’s excess baggage fees. Hawaii, who rocked up to the airport wearing eight pairs of pants and 10 shirts, was turned away by British Airways staff.
According to the BA staff, who spoke to Icelandic news outlet Mbl, Hawaii’s rude behaviour was unacceptable leading to him being denied the right to board his flight. Security was called after the fashionista refused to leave the desk.
— Ryan Hawaii (@RYAN_HAWAII) January 10, 2018
Hawaii claimed BA was using ‘racial profiling’ as a means to deny him a seat on the plane.
He even sent out a tweet, along with video confronting airport staff, which read:
@British_Airways hi being held at Iceland Keflavik airport because I had no baggage put all the clothes on and they still won’t let me on. Racial profiling? Or…..
In a later tweet, he claimed that he was arrested, held to the ground and sprayed with mace after refusing to leave.
After being released and giving a statement to police he returned to the airport the next day to board an Easyjet flight back to the UK. However, after getting through check-in and security, a staff member at the gate wouldn’t let him onto the flight. He was later told it was due to his antics the day before with British Airways staff.
He posted another video on Twitter with the caption:
And AGAIN! Refused from 2 flights in 2 days for no valid reason
— Ryan Hawaii (@RYAN_HAWAII) January 11, 2018
He told his followers he was stranded in Iceland with no money or any of his stuff because the luggage he checked-in was on the plane he was meant to flying on. He eventually made his way back to the UK after boarding a Norwegian airline flight.
— Ryan Hawaii (@RYAN_HAWAII) January 13, 2018
Both British Airways and EasyJet have given Hawaii a refund after he complained to them and threatened to take the latter to court.