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.
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?”
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.