Singer passes out after bundling up

Mr James McElvar wore six T-shirts, four jumpers, two jackets, one pair of shorts, three pairs of jeans, two pairs of jogging bottoms and two hats to board his flight.
Mr James McElvar wore six T-shirts, four jumpers, two jackets, one pair of shorts, three pairs of jeans, two pairs of jogging bottoms and two hats to board his flight.PHOTO: TWITTER

LONDON • A British boyband singer said he collapsed with heat exhaustion during a flight while wearing 12 layers of clothing in a bid to beat the excess luggage fee.

Mr James McElvar, 19, from the Scottish group Rewind, was about to board an easyJet flight from London Stansted to Glasgow last Wednesday when he was told he had one carry-on bag too many. He would have to pay a £45 (S$94) excess charge or bin his second bag.

With his bandmates already on board and just minutes to spare, he emptied his rucksack and donned the entire contents, ending up wearing six T-shirts, four jumpers, two jackets, one pair of shorts, three pairs of jeans, two pairs of jogging bottoms and two hats.

"It was very difficult to walk onto the plane. I managed to sit in the seat for a minute or two. But I just couldn't take the heat," he said on the band's Twitter feed. "... and they kept asking me to put the belt on but I couldn't sort it. It was just a nightmare I was having."

As he was drenched in sweat and feeling sick, cabin crew laid him out, stripped down, on an empty row of seats, where he was violently sick and then fainted.

The singer has no memory of the rest of the flight and was taken off the plane at Glasgow Airport to a waiting ambulance.

AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2015, with the headline 'Singer passes out after bundling up'. Print Edition | Subscribe