Don’t you DARE tell Russell Crowe to leave his hoverboard at home!
Or to be more specific, his kids’ hoverboards. The actor slammed Virgin Australia via twitter after being told at airport check-in that his children’s hoverboards were not allowed on the plane. Why? Oh, I don’t know, maybe because they sometimes SPONTANEOUSLY BURST INTO FLAMES? CNN reports:
The popular holiday gift has been plagued with controversy after reports emerged of the self-balancing boards spontaneously bursting into flames. While the cause of the fires are still unknown, consumer safety probes suggest the problem may lie with the lithium batteries or faulty plugs.
In response, many major retailers swiftly announced a safety crackdown with Amazon halting almost all sales of the two-wheeled device.
Virgin Australia responded to the irrate filmmaker quickly on Twitter through their official account politely pointing out that many airlines have banned the boards.
However, it appears Crowe missed the furore demanding to know why he wasn’t informed about the ban upon booking.
Virgin Australia responded pretty reasonably, pointing out the many points where hoverboards were on the “dangerous materials” list. Still, Crowe vowed that he will “never again” fly with carrier.
In my opinion, Virgin Australia handled the situation really well- but you can judge for yourself by seeing the whole exchange HERE.
Russell- you gotta CHILL. It’s not the end of the world if your kiddies can’t hover for a bit. Just buy them a new one, you’re RICH.