Russell Crowe’s holidays hit a dark patch after his kids were refused to carry their favorite hoverboards while boarding a Virgin Australia flight.
The star slammed Virgin Australia on Twitter, even threatening to boycott flights of the carrier in the future.
“Goodbye Virgin. Never again” tweeted the Gladiator star.
An hour after the tweet was posted Russell took to Twitter again when he didn’t receive a reply from the airlines. He asked an immediate explanation for this by saying: “I’m awaiting your reply, where is your duty of responsibility in this? Why not tell me when I am booking my ticket?”
Virgin Airlines finally replied to Russell in a series of tweets saying that he hover boards contained explosive material and hence couldn’t be allowed.
They also told Russell that this information had already been communicated through Facebook, Twitter and the media. Virgin Australia tweeted:
“Hi Russell, this information is outlined in the Dangerous Goods section in the booking confirmation and check in reminder emails you will have received. 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.”
While the Christmas season would have seen hundreds of hoverboards presented as gifts, they have been controversially banned on NSW streets and footpaths.
According to CNN, hoverboards have been banned by many major airlines including British Airways, Qantas, Emirates and Qatar. They have all made public announcements about the ban due to the lithium batteries in them that are seen as explosive material.
Many have applauded the way Virgin Australia have handled the situation, saying that safety of passengers comes first before anyone–even if it is Russell Crowe.
The Daily Telegraph has reported that Russell and his children–Charlie and Tennyson, were on their way to celebrate the wedding of Sam Burgess and Phoebe Hooke in Bowral.