Boyband member collapses on flight after wearing all his clothes to avoid extra luggage costs

James McElvar of Rewind fell ill after attempting to avoid a £45 charge on an EasyJet flight

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.

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“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.”

In all, McElvar wore six T-shirts, five jumpers, three pairs of jeans, two sweat pants, two jackets and two hats.

The band later tweeted of the incident: “For everyone asking James is OK. He is being looked after in hospital now back home safe in Glasgow. He sends you all his love”.

They added: “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!”