Ryan Carney Williams, who goes by the professional name Ryan Hawaii, was barred from British Airways and Easyjet when he tried to fly to London from Iceland wearing eight pairs of pants and ten shirts rather than pay for stowed luggage. "Racial profiling? Or." Ryan tweeted.
The following day, Williams said he was banned from boarding an easyJet flight after the airline heard about his behaviour.
Expecting to be able to stroll onto his flight, he was instead denied a boarding pass and turned away at Iceland's Keflavik Airport.
A spokesperson for British Airways strongly refuted Mr Williams' claims and added he was not denied boarding because of the luggage but rather his behaviour towards staff.
He later posted videos which showed him asking BA employees why he wasn't allowed to board the plane and later claimed to have been arrested and sprayed with mace (an irritant chemical used in an aerosol to disable attackers) after refusing to leave.
An airline staffer responds: "Do we need to call the police?" The decision to deny him boarding "was absolutely not based on race", the airline representative said.More news: National Football League releases schedule for 2018 games in London
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The man was barred from two flights in the space of two days..
BA also refunded Williams'flight after he complained. My sister-in-law booked my flight because I was FLAT broke from being homeless in Iceland.
They told Metro: "We give our customers a wide range of fares to choose from to meet their needs".
"The captain and the ground crew were concerned about reports from the previous day so we provided a refund and he traveled with another airline", an EasyJet spokesman told the Mirror.
He explained the full story on Twitter earlier today: "Arrived to airport in Iceland with no luggage on my booking. We explained our policy to our customer and arranged an alternative flight".