Russell Crowe Defends His Sons’ Hoverboards, Blasts Virgin Airlines for Denying them Aboard Flight

Russell Crowe for hoverboard equality!

This Australian actor is not messing around when it comes to holiday travel with his family. Crowe fired off at Virgin Airlines Australia on Monday night on Twitter (Dec. 28, 2015) after security refused to allow his sons to bring their hoverboards onto the plane.

 

And he waited…

 

…Until the airline responded in a four-part explanation on their policy. “Hi Russell,” wrote Virgin Airlines. “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.”

He was not appeased.

 

The airline reached out once again to explain that the information is clearly outlined in the Dangerous Goods section of the booking confirmation in addition to the text of reminder emails. “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,” they said.

Comedian Joel Creasey shared his perspective, which did not make the situation any better.

Hoverboards have been a cause for concern in the wake of reports of boards bursting into flames due to the lithium ion batteries that power their movement. This montage from The Today Show might be evidence enough to illustrate their stupidity.

Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of Justin Bieber riding an old fashioned skateboard. How vintage!