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Russell Crowe rages against airline hoverboard ban

Technically Incorrect: The famous actor wasn't impressed when Virgin Australia told him that his two kids' hoverboards weren't allowed on the plane. He also has a very novel name for the hoverboards.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


A scene from Russell Crowe's new movie, entitled "The Nice Guys."

MovieClips/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

We all get our news from different places.

This includes famous actors.

We -- and even they -- might assume they know everything. This doesn't often turn out to be the case.

Please share, then, the suffering of Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe. On reaching the Virgin Australia check-in desk on Monday, he was informed that hoverboards wouldn't be allowed on the plane.

No, these weren't his hoverboards. They belonged to his kids.

It was Crowe himself, however, who was not best pleased. He took to the world's forum for displeasure -- Twitter -- to berate Virgin Australia.

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

Segway boards? I'm not sure that kids would like their hoverboards to be referred to that way.

Virgin Australia replied by explaining that hoverboards have been banned by all major Australian airlines. Many of the world's airlines have banned them too, as they allegedly pose a fire hazard.

Crowe, to whom this seems to have been news, was not impressed. He replied: "I'm awaiting your reply, where is your duty of responsibility in this? Why not tell me when I am booking my ticket?"

As some Twitterati pointed out to Crowe, hoverboards were on the airline's banned items list, although you have to read it quite carefully to find the word "hoverboard."

Australian comedian Joel Creasey tweeted to Crowe and suggested he "get some perspective." Sadly, Crowe doesn't appear to have seen it Creasey's way. He replied: "I'm a father Joel, with two kids at an airport, trying to start our holiday."

A Virgin Australia spokeswoman explained the reason for the ban.

"Safety is our number one priority at Virgin Australia," the spokeswoman told me. "Due to safety concerns, Virgin Australia, along with all major Australian airlines and many around the world do not permit the carriage of lithium ion battery operated small recreational vehicles, such as self-balancing boards, hoverboards or aero wheels, as checked-in or carry-on baggage."

The airline announced the policy change on its Facebook and Twitter accounts on December 18.

It's unclear whether the Crowe family vacation is now flowing. Crowe didn't immediately reply to a request for comment.

It may well be that the actor bought more hoverboards at his destination.

Equally, it may be that the vacation will progress quite smoothly without two more kids rolling down the street on boards that don't actually hover, but rather, indeed, roll like a Segway.