Actor Russell Crowe is extremely upset with Virgin Airlines over the fact that they would not allow his son’s hoverboard on their plane. He is so mad that he rushed to Twitter to complain. Us Magazine shared what happened and how upset Russell Crowe is right now. It all started out with this tweet that he sent out today saying, “Ridiculous @VirginAustralia. No Segway boards as luggage? Too late to tell us at airport.Kids and I offloaded. Goodbye Virgin. Never again.”
Russell Crowe kept posting to them, hoping that Virgin Airlines would reply. Crowe was finally able to get an answer from them.
“@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. We’re sorry you were not aware of this prior to check-in today. We hope to see you on board again soon.”
Russell Crowe then kept going on that he wanted them to explain to him why they do not tell people this in advance. Of course, hoverboards are a new thing and the laws are all just starting to be changed to accommodate them. Virgin Airlines went on to explain to Russell Crowe that there are several ways he could have found out about this rule. Of course, Russell Crowe has not responded yet to the tweet where they tell him that he could have known about this rule before going to the airport.
“@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.”
Forbes actually shared earlier in December that airlines are now banning the hoverboards over how they ignite and catch fire. This is not something that they want on their airlines, even if it does belong to Russell Crowe. Virgin Airlines is not the only one to make this decision and Delta, American, and United are all following the same policy. Russell Crowe might have some trouble finding someone to fly with if he is going to refuse all flights that won’t allow hoverboards on them. Here is what Alaska Airlines had to say about it.
“As cool as they [hoverboards] are, there’s one big problem: they are not safe to transport on an airplane. Internal short-circuits can occur with lithium ion batteries, which can then lead to a “thermal runaway” where the battery overheats and bursts into flame.”
Some of the hoverboards are not labeled correctly, so there was really no way for them to check Russell Crowe’s hoverboard and make sure that it was not the type that could end up causing a fire. If they were to have a fire on the airplane, of course that would be awful, so it is just best to keep all hoverboards off the plane, including those belonging to actors like Russell Crowe. These have been starting fires everywhere and there is no reason to take a chance. More than likely all airlines are going to end up making this same decision in the long run.
Do you think that Russell Crowe has a right to be upset? Is Crowe taking it too far by being upset by not being allowed to take the hoverboard on Virgin Airlines? Some people feel like Crowe might be taking it too far by blasting them on Twitter. Sounds off in the comments below on your thoughts.
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