The latest battle over baggage fees is putting the Basic Economy outrage to shame.
Williams reportedly piled on much of his wardrobe in order to cut down on the bag’s weight — a tactic he claims the airline originally agreed to. But after bundling up in multiple coats and tying sweaters around his neck, he was still refused entry onto the flight.
The "safety concerns" were unjust. I wasn't intoxicated or threatening in any way.— Ryan Hawaii (@RYAN_HAWAII) January 13, 2018
Was only refused because of despute the previous day over not having checked luggage and wearing all my clothes at once (which the airline said if I did so I could board)
Then still refused me on
According to the Iceland Monitor, the authorities were called, and reportedly used pepper spray on Williams before eventually arresting him. Williams’ troubles were far from over though. The next day, he was once again turned away from a second flight, this time on easyJet.
EasyJet just refunded me so can't of been that concerned ??????????? https://t.co/iUsEJZmKC5— Ryan Hawaii (@RYAN_HAWAII) January 14, 2018
EasyJet originally claimed they would not refund Williams his money, but a later tweet shows the airline did end up returning his fare. According to the Washington Post, Williams ended making it back home to England on a third airline, but continued to share insight into his travel nightmare after landing.
To everyone reporting on my airport experience in Iceland.— Ryan Hawaii (@RYAN_HAWAII) January 16, 2018
PLEASE STOP SAYING I was EVADING excess baggage fees....I couldn't AFFORD the fee (£90) as a result of being left homeless in Iceland for over a week.
Paints a VERY different picture.
Thankful that anyone cares tho.
“To everyone reporting on my airport experience in Iceland. PLEASE STOP SAYING I was EVADING excess baggage fees…I couldn’t AFFORD the fee (£90) as a result of being left homeless in Iceland for over a week,” he said. “Paints a VERY different picture.”
In a statement to the Post, British Airways reiterated their policies: “We give our customers a wide range of fares to choose from to meet their needs,” an airline spokesperson said. “We explained our policy to our customer, and offered him an alternative flight to London.