The Hoverboard Act, a bill that would let hoverboards be used for purposes other than those listed in the law, has been introduced in the House.
Rep. Joe Crowley, a New York Democrat, said the bill would “ensure that Americans who want to travel the world on the back of their hoverboards are safe, and not punished by a foreign government for the exercise of their right to freedom of movement.”
Crowley said he was “pleased” to have the bill introduced, adding, “It’s important that the United States be able to protect its people while still allowing its citizens the opportunity to do so safely.”
Crowley also said the legislation would help prevent the United Nations from banning hoverboards.
A hoverboard is a device that allows a person to ride a hovercraft using their own legs and a propeller.
The U.N. Human Rights Council has recently warned that it could ban hoverboards if the devices aren’t banned from the international aviation market, and that the law would hurt American tourism.
Crowley told the New York Times the hoverboard bill would also help the country’s tourism industry.
“It would make it easier for our industry to attract foreign investors, and I think it would make the United Kingdom less attractive to international investors and also make it more difficult for us to get visas for our employees in the United Arab Emirates and other countries,” he said.
Crowley is part of the group of lawmakers that has pushed for a hoverboarding bill in the past.
“The U.S. has been a beacon of freedom and opportunity, and we’ve always stood up for those values,” Crowley said.
“If we can make the law more inclusive, that will make the American people more comfortable and less afraid.”
HuffPost has reached out to Crowley for comment.