Two things we've learnt about Russell Crowe today: He doesn't always take private jets and he's not on top of the latest news.
The Oscar-winning actor took to Twitter to share his outrage at Virgin Australia's "ridiculous" decision to ban fliers from traveling with Segway personal transport boards as luggage. Crowe vowed to "never again" to fly with the airline.
But he should have gone to Google first, because news of several airlines banning hoverboards over fire concerns has been rife in December. British Airways, Singapore Airlines, as well as major U.S. airlines and, you guessed it, Virgin, have all introduced various bans on Segways or other forms of hover or self-balancing boards, either on board or in the hold.
The fire concerns relate to the lithium batteries that power the boards. Recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) tests showed that transporting lithium batteries was more dangerous than previously thought because they easily caught fire if they had a defect, physical damage or short circuited.