Russell Crowe Slams Airline for Banning Hoverboards
The Oscar-winning actor says he will never fly Virgin Australia again.
Russell Crowe slammed Virgin Australia after the airline refused to allow his children to check their hoverboards onto a flight.
Tweeting his frustration, the Oscar-winning actor said the airline would not allow Segway boards as luggage and that he was only informed of this at the airport. Crowe then said he would never fly Virgin Australia again.
Ridiculous @VirginAustralia. No Segway boards as luggage? Too late to tell us at airport. Kids and I offloaded. Goodbye Virgin. Never again.— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 29, 2015
Virgin Australia staff were quick to respond, tweeting back that a number of airlines have banned the incredibly popular hoverboards that have proved controversial and sparked safety warnings in a number of countries.
@russellcrowe Hi Russell, due to safety concerns over the lithium ion batteries in hoverboards, these have been banned on all major... 1/3— Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) December 29, 2015
@russellcrowe ...Australian airlines and many around the world. We're sorry you were not aware of this prior to check-in today. We... 2/3— Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) December 29, 2015
@russellcrowe ...hope to see you on board again soon. 3/3— Virgin Australia (@VirginAustralia) December 29, 2015
Crowe later got embroiled in a Twitter spat with people accusing the Gladiator actor of blowing things out of proportion. In response to Australian comedian Joel Creasy's tweet "[y]ou're a millionaire, babe. Get some perspective," Crowe responded that he was "a father Joel, with two kids at an airport, trying to start our holiday."