Russell Crowe Furious As Virgin Airlines Says No To His Sons’ Hoverboards On The Plane

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe is seriously mad after Virgin Australian Airlines refused to carry his sons’ hoverboards on the plane when they attempted to go on vacation on Tuesday. Crowe says emphatically he will never fly with the airline again.

As recently reported on the Inquisitr, due to fire risks, most major airlines in the world have now banned hoverboards from their planes. Reportedly, the lithium ion batteries, necessary to make the hoverboards work, have been known to burst into flames — not the best situation on a packed aircraft thousands of feet in the air.

It seems Russell Crowe hasn’t been keeping up with the latest news, however, as he tried to take his sons’ hoverboards with them on vacation recently. Crowe, 51, shares his sons, Tennyson and Charles, with his estranged wife, Danielle Spencer, and was taking them away for a break, along with their Segway hoverboards.

Russell Crowe

He got mad with Virgin Australia Airlines for not letting the hoverboards on the plane and immediately hit out at the airline via the Twittersphere.

It all started with a tweet at 4:41 a.m. on December 29 (Australian time).

Apparently, Crowe got no response to that message, so an hour later, he sent yet another tweet.

Reportedly, Virgin Australia Airlines did finally get back to Crowe, apologizing for the incident but pointing out that safety is a primary concern for the airline and explaining the problem with the hoverboards.

“@russellcrowe Hi Russell, due to safety concerns over the lithium ion batteries in hoverboards, these have been banned on all major Australian airlines and many around the world.”

As reported in Us Magazine, the airline continued by telling Russell Crowe they are sorry he wasn’t aware of this prior to his check-in on Tuesday and that they hope to see him on board again soon. Virgin Australia Airlines also went on to say that the Segway ban is listed in their flight rule book for passengers to read.

“@russellcrowe Hi Russell, this information is outlined in the Dangerous Goods section in the booking confirmation and check in reminder emails you will have received.

“We have also communicated this on Facebook and Twitter, as well as through the media. We understand your frustration, however please appreciate that safety is our number one priority.”

As mentioned by the New York Daily News, as Crowe’s Twitter feed continued to grow, comedian Joel Creasey made a suggestion.

To which Crowe, now a very frustrated father of two, responded, “I’m a father Joel, with two kids at an airport, trying to start our holiday.”

In the meantime, besides the inconvenience suffered by Russell Crowe, the hoverboard debacle continues. As reported on December 16 by the Inquisitr, the UK version of the online store giant Amazon was said to have stopped selling the novelty items and had reportedly sent emails to hoverboard customers, explaining the fire danger and suggesting customers take the hoverboards to a local recycling business for electronics to get rid of them. However, as reported in that article, at the time of writing, there were still 14 pages of the Hoverboard products on sale.

Getting back to Russell Crowe and his two boys, there is no further news about whether they managed to finally get away on their vacation, with or without the kids’ precious hoverboards.

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