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Rewind Boyband Member James McElvar Collapses On EasyJet After Donning 12 Layers Of Clothes To Avoid Luggage Fee

10/07/2015 14:47 BST | Updated 13/07/2015 20:59 BST

A teenage boyband member was hospitalised this week after collapsing on board a plane suffering from heat exhaustion.

James McElvar boarded the easyJet flight from Stansted to Glasgow with his fellow Rewind bandmates on Wednesday.

But upon being told he would have to pay an excess luggage fee for an additional bag filled with clothes, he instead opted to wear every single item and save himself £45.

According to The Sun, the 19-year-old boarded the plane wearing a perspiration inducing:

  • 6 T-shirts

  • 4 jumpers

  • 3 pairs of jeans

  • 2 pairs of sweat pants

  • 2 jackets

  • 2 hats

The heat soon got to McElvar, who hurriedly began shedding layers as soon as the plane was airborne.

But it was too late. Already sweating profusely and feeling light-headed, McElvar was violently sick at a height of 37,000 feet.

The singer eventually passed out and was laid in the recovery position in the aisle by an off-duty paramedic who happened to be on the same flight.

McElvar told the MailOnline: “I knew something was wrong early on as I just couldn't breath properly. I thought I was having a heart attack.

"It was a nightmare. I passed out twice and was taken off the plane at Glasgow Airport to a waiting ambulance."

A spokesman for easyJet said: "In this instance the passenger had two items of cabin baggage which he could not combine into the allocated bag allowance and as such he was asked to either combine his baggage into one bag or pay £45 to check the bag into the hold.

"During the flight Mr McElvar became unwell and our crew on board assisted him. We wish him a speedy recovery."

Easyjet luggage guidelines state one item of cabin baggage per custom on board the plane. Additional hold luggage can be checked for £32 at the airport bag drop or £45 at the gate, which was the option given to McElvar.

Meanwhile rival budget airline Ryanair has cheekily informed the band that should they book their next flights with them, they'll get two bags for free.