Good news for people who love not looking like total losers while flying: those damn hoverboards (that don't actually hover, by the way) are getting banned in major airports across the nation! Bad news for hoverboards, but good news to moveable walkways -- high five, moveable walkways!!
It's not so much the board that airlines are after, but rather the power source. The lithium batteries that power these lame toys are the real culprits in this whole debacle because they can burst into flames, which is really not good. And while airlines differ in their policies toward lithium-powered hoverboards, some are saying a concrete, "no" to the device, banning them from checked baggage and carry-on luggage.
Here's where some of the major airlines currently stand on the hoverboard issue.
Completely banned. Not allowed in checked or carry-on luggage
Allowed in carry-on luggage only
Southwest (exceptions apply if the item is too big to carry-on. In that case, the batteries can be taken out and the board checked)
Allowed in all luggage, but with stipulations
United (batteries must be taken out before checked)
British Airways (requires prior approval)
In general, it's probably a good idea to check with the airline before you swing into the cabin on wheels. Or, for the love of god, just forget the hoverboard already.
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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and may have a slight grudge against hoverboards. Send news tips to email@example.com and follow her at @karatillie.