Russell Crowe Slams Virgin Australia Airlines for Banning His Kids’ Hoverboards

“Goodbye Virgin. Never again,” actor writes

Russell Crowe took to Twitter on Monday to slam Virgin Australia for its ban on hoverboards.

The actor blasted the policy, which forced him and his kids to abandon the toy at the airport. “Ridiculous @Virgin Australia. No Segway boards as luggage?” he wrote. “Too late to tell us at the airport. Kids and I offloaded. Goodbye Virgin. Never again.”

The airlines official Twitter account quickly wrote back to inform Crowe that the ban is not unique to Virgin, but is common among major airlines. The account also informed him that its policies were made clear when he booked his ticket.

Hoverboards have been banned by most U.S. and Australian airlines due to safety concerns about the lithium batteries used to power the self-balancing scooters. Reports of overheating and spontaneous fires has led the product to be pulled from several online retailers.

Though a few Twitter users thanked Crowe for alerting them about the policy, others criticized the actor for throwing a “tantrum” online.

“I’m a father Joel, with two kids at an airport, trying to start our holiday,” Crowe replied to one user.

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