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Russell Crowe Bashes Virgin Airlines Over Hoverboard Ban



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    Russell Crowe has some major #firstworldproblems right now.

    The actor lashed out at Virgin Airlines on Monday after the company refused to allow his two sons, Tennyson and Charles, to bring their hoverboards on an airplane while headed out for holiday.

    "Ridiculous @VirginAustralia," he wrote. "No Segway boards as luggage? Too late to tell us at airport. Kids and I offloaded. Goodbye Virgin. Never again."

    Virgin responded to the Oscar-winning actor shortly thereafter, apologizing for the inconvenience and explaining why hoverboards are a safety issue on planes.

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    "@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," the airline tweeted at the star. "We're sorry you were not aware of this prior to check-in today. We hope to see you on board again soon."

    However, Crowe continued to demand a more in-depth response.

    ".@VirginAustralia I'm awaiting your reply, where is your duty of responsibility in this? He questioned again on Twitter. "Why not tell me when I am booking my ticket?"

    Virgin followed up, explaining that the hoverboard ban is, in fact, listed in the flight rules and booking confirmations.

    "@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," Virgin tweeted back. "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."

    Many Virgin flyers praised the airline for the cautionary proceeding, while comedian Joel Creasey gave Crowe some advice.

    "You're a millionaire, babe. Get some perspective," Creasey wrote in response to Crowe's first tweet. "Enjoy Tiger. They don't even have real pilots x."

    Millionaire or not, Crowe's response was totally relatable: "@joelcreasey @VirginAustralia I'm a father Joel, with two kids at an airport, trying to start our holiday."

    Hoverboards have been banned by most major U.S. airlines as well as British Airways, Qantas, Emirates and Qatar after reports that they have been spontaneously bursting into flames, likely due to the lithium batteries or faulty plugs.

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