Russell Crowe in Virgin Twitter spat over hoverboards

Russell Crowe in Virgin Twitter spat over hoverboards

Australian actor Russell Crowe has vowed never to fly Virgin again after he was not allowed to take his children’s hoverboards on a flight.

The Hollywood actor took to Twitter to demand an explanation from Virgin Australia after he was offloaded due to the Segway-style contraptions.

The airline replied saying that there are concerns about the lithium-ion batteries in the hoverboards and that many airlines have banned them.

It later pointed out that this is made clear under the dangerous goods section and booking confirmation on its website after Crow claimed it had a duty of responsibility to let passengers know.

According to reports Crowe was trying to board a flight out of Sydney to an unknown destination when his luggage fell foul of the rules.

Hoverboards are the must-have Christmas present of 2015, but some of the cheaper varieties have been taken off sale due to incidents when some have caught fire.
 
Problems with lithium-ion batteries catching fire dogged the launch of the Boeing Dreamliner after it was first introduced in 2011.

Crowe, who has 1.85 million Twitter followers, tweeted yesterday: “Ridiculous @VirginAustralia. No Segway boards as luggage?”

He followed up with: “Too late to tell us at airport. Kids and I offloaded. Goodbye Virgin. Never again.”

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