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Russell Crowe outraged by airline hoverboard ban

Australian actor Russell Crowe posted some angry comments on Twitter after he was not able to take a Segway hoverboard on a Virgin Australia flight.

Russell Crowe posted a Twitter rant after he was unable to bring hoverboards on board a flight.
Russell Crowe posted a Twitter rant after he was unable to bring hoverboards on board a flight. Image by Eva Rinaldi / CC BY-SA 2.0

He posted the comments on 29 December as he was travelling with his kids, writing: “Ridiculous @VirginAustralia. No Segway boards as luggage? Too late to tell us at airport. Kids and I offloaded. Goodbye Virgin. Never again”.

He later posted, “I’m awaiting your reply, where is your duty of responsibility in this? Why not tell me when I am booking my ticket?”

Russell Crowe posted on Twitter about being unable to bring hoverboards on a flight.
Russell Crowe posted on Twitter about being unable to bring hoverboards on a flight. Image by Russell Crowe Twitter

Airlines around the world have announced bans on hoverboards in recent weeks due to fears their lithium batteries could cause fires. The hoverboards – two-wheeled electronic scooters – were set to be a popular gift this Christmas.

Virgin Australia responded, reports the New Zealand Herald, saying that they had posted a notice on their Facebook and Twitter pages on 18 December, advising that the boards are banned.

Hoverboards are banned on United Airlines, American Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines and many other carriers.

According to the Irish Examiner, Crowe left the airport without boarding the flight.