The drama continued with a lot of confusion about whether the Segway was actually a hoverboard and prone to exploding. No matter how much evidence Harris presented — he got a United special needs representative on his cellphone to tell staff at the airport that his device was allowed on board and a TSA representative to OK it in person — the staff at the gate was relentless. The pilot was called in to assess the situation and eventually said no, too.
About halfway through the cruise, Harris received messages that he had “abandoned a hazardous material at an international airport,” and a hazmat team was handling it. He would owe money for its disposal and he could face arrest when he arrived in Newark for the alleged crime, according to the messages.