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Ryan Hawaii's ordeal in Iceland has turned into international news after he went above and beyond to try and get back to his home in London.
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When he got to the airport to catch his flight, he didn't realise his sister-in-law had bought him a ticket without baggage.
Having spent nine days in Iceland, the fashion designer and singer says he was broke and couldn't afford the roughly £90 fee to check his baggage onto the British Airways plane. So, he decided to wear all the clothes in his suitcase - 10 jackets and eight pairs of pants - and try to get home.
Unsurprisingly, ground staff weren't thrilled with this course of action and security were called before the police were brought in.
Ryan has told LADbible he was 'manhandled' when they arrested him, claiming that an officer 'twisted his wrists and dug their knee into his back and head'.
He also claims that he was pepper sprayed, but that was because he deliberately tried to fall over as he was being led out of the building.
Ryan went back to the airport the next day having sold some of his clothes to buy another plane ticket on EasyJet. However, word of his actions the previous day spread to the low-cost airliner and they refused to allow him to board that plane.
The singer says a staff member told him: "You can't fly because you're disruptive, you're unreasonable and you're a threat to the passengers and staff onboard. The pilot and staff don't want you to fly because if anything happens in the air they can't divert the plane."
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.
Paints a VERY different picture.
Thankful that anyone cares tho.
- Ryan Hawaii (@RYAN_HAWAII) January 16, 2018
When his mum sent him the remainder of his life savings, £250, Ryan says he spent another rough night in Iceland before booking a Norwegian flight back to London.
He's says British Airways has opened up an investigation about the ordeal, while EasyJet has refunded him his ticket.
However, it seems as though Ryan wants to take it a step further.
"I've had a lot of anxiety since, kind of like PTSD." Ryan says. "I've been having nightmares and sleep paralysis - I've never had this type of stuff before.
"It was horrible. It's been horrible. I just want to sue them to be honest."
He says he's been suffering from 'pneumonia-like symptoms' as a result of being stuck in Iceland's freezing temperatures for two days more than he'd planned.
"I'm a musician and imagine if my voice never recovers," he adds, "You can't treat customers like this."
A spokesperson for BA told LADbible: "We give our customers a wide range of fares to choose from to meet their needs. We do understand that our customers' plans can change so they can choose to pay a fee at the airport if they need an extra bag.
"We explained our policy to our customer, and offered him an alternative flight to London. We do not tolerate threatening or abusive behaviour from any customer, and will always take the appropriate action."
While an EasyJet spokesperson said: "The captain and the ground crew were concerned about reports from the previous day so we provided a refund and he travelled with another airline."
Featured Image Credit: Ryan Hawaii/Instagram/Twitter
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