Russell Crowe Is Angry He Can't Fly With A Hoverboard

Russell Crowe once threw a telephone at another human being in a public space, so it should come as no surprise that he’s having a very public spat with Virgin Australia after being denied entry onto a flight.

And like many things things this Christmas: it’s the hoverboard’s fault.

Russell Crowe was attempting to board a flight with his family and was informed he could not board with his hoverboard/glider/segway/whatever the kids are calling them these days.

Virgin, for their part responded that Hoverboards are banned on luggage across most airlines, all over the world.

“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,” Virgin tweeted. “We’re sorry you were not aware of this prior to check-in today. We hope to see you on board again soon.”

That wasn’t enough for Crowe, who fired back.

For their part, Virgin Australia explained that it was communicated in the dangerous goods section in the booking confirmation — but who reads those right? Also Virgin claimed they’ve communicated it across their social networks, but who follows airlines on Facebook and Twitter?

I almost sympathise with Russell here, but it’s sort of difficult to communicate everything that’s banned on a flight. You just sort of have to roll with these things. Like the time I totally couldn’t pass through customs with that sweet big bottle of water I had just bought. Devastated.

Also: I love the pure drama of this reply.

He’s just a man. Standing in front of an airline counter. Asking Virgin Australia to love his Hoverboard.

The ‘hoverboard’ thing is getting absolutely hammered these days — in the media, in the press, on this site! I spent a good amount of time with one and sort of loved it. But there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind: it makes you look like a wanker. This might be further proof of this fact. But Russell is hardly the first man to be pissed off that a ‘hoverboard’ can’t fly.

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