In order to avoid a baggage fee of ~$70 (£45) singer in the boyband Rewind, James McElvar (19), put on his entire wardrobe to avoid the charge. After putting on 6 t-shirts, 5 sweatshirts, 3 pairs of jeans, 2 pairs of sweat pants, 2 jackets and 2 hats he then came down with heat stroke (heat exhaustion), and had to be treated by an emergency paramedic.
As much as I want to hate on this dude for his profession, the fact that he’s a 19-year-old boyband singer should’ve actually worked in his favor in this instance. Those dudes job isn’t to sing, it’s to stay in ridiculous shape so that teenage girls think they’re hot and want to buy their songs on iTunes. So this dude not being able to handle some extra clothing is actually more hilarious when you take into account that this dude probably hits the gym every single day but still succumbed to heat exhaustion.
The singer in a boyband collapsed after suffering from heat exhaustion during a plane journey after wearing all his clothes in an attempt to avoid excess baggage charges.
James McElvar, 19, is a member of fivepiece Rewind. He fell ill on an EasyJet flight from Stansted, Essex to his home city of Glasgow on Wednesday (July 8).
The Sun reports that McElvar wore 12 layers of clothing after facing an additional charge of £45 for having too many bags.
The newspaper states that McElvar “became violently ill and suffered a fit” with “an off-duty paramedic treat[ing] him as passengers looked on”.
“I thought I was a goner and that I was having a heart attack,” the singer told The Sun.
“The woman said either one bag went in the hold or we weren’t getting on. The rest of the band had gone through so I couldn’t give them any of the clothes. I was told I’d either have to pay a £45 fee to get it on the plane, get the flight the next morning, bin the clothes or wear them.”
This is how I imagine him looking in that airport:
Growing up in Florida I came down with heat exhaustion no less than twice (at Summer camp). Those 100-degree temps mixed with 100% humidity killed me. So I can definitely sympathize with this dude, because collapsing due to heat exhaustion is about the crappiest feeling imaginable. It’s one of those sicknesses where you’re seeing stars, you faint after your ears are ringing, and your entire body feels like what white noise screen you see on TV when the cable’s out. It blows. That said, he’s not exactly destitute, he could’ve afforded that baggage fee and it was foolish of him not to pay it. You’d never see Justin Timberlake or any of the members from ‘NSync pinching pennies and then passing out from heat exhaustion. This dude needs to learn to spend that $$$$$$$$$$.
The band later sent out this tweet letting fans know he’s alright:
James is much better now! Still in a bit of shock but he's recovered from last night! And the other boys are fine and home safe! #rewindHQ
— REWIND (@rewind_music) July 9, 2015