United flier says she was kicked off flight for wearing 'Black Panther' hat

A freelance journalist claims she was the victim of racial profiling while traveling on a United flight from New York City to Chicago on Wednesday. Amanda Stevens says she was about to board the plane when a gate attendant took her out of line. According to BuzzFeed, the airline employee told Stevens that the pilot requested the passenger change her shirt or turn it inside out before boarding. Stevens said the attendant told her, “You did nothing wrong, however, our pilot has expressed concerns and discomfort over the shirt you’re wearing.” Stevens was wearing a black and white t-shirt with an upside down American flag—a  design collaboration between PacSun and rapper A$AP Rocky. She complied by turning the shirt inside out and was able to…

26 Ways That Skiing Gets Better This Season Roundup By Elaine Glusac NOVEMBER 30, 2016 Heading uphill in Aspen Snowmass, which is publishing a guide to uphilling at all four of its mountains, in Colorado. Aspen Snowmass In ski country, lifts will go farther and faster this year, even as more enthusiasts choose to trek uphill under their own power to ski back down. New lodging options range from rustic micro-homes to a five-bedroom staffed alternative. And winter fans will find new ways to race to the runs on the ground and in the air. By Train, Chopper and Cat A heli-ski camp is offered at Telluride Ski Resort. Traveling in and out of snow country requires a certain amount of delay risk on powder days. The new Winter Park Express train from Denver’s ...

Workers repairing 128-year-clock tower in Waterloo WATERLOO, Wis. (AP) - Workers are repairing the 128-year-old clock tower at the Waterloo Area Historical Society Museum. The Wisconsin State Journal (http://bit.ly/2fhWXjr ) reports that a crew from Menomonee Falls-based Statz Restoration and Engineering has been working for the past three weeks to repair the brick and mortar of the clock tower. The brick on the tower that was built in 1888 has been crumbling. There was brief talk of removing the clock tower, but officials say the structure is too important to the city. About $45,000 of the estimated $55,000 needed for the restoration project has been raised. Historical society president Maureen Giese says another $30,000 to $40,000 would be ideal so the remainder of the historic church building’s brick work can...

36 hours in Sydney: Art and adrenaline QT Sydney's quirkiness begins at the hotel's front door where "chaos girls" in red wigs and black berets replace conventional doormen. The coffee shop on the ground floor brings new meaning to the term "clothes horse" with pony-headed mannequins frocked up and displayed in glass cases. So it's no surprise to learn that QT is the official hotel for Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art, and has its own art curator. Evidence of that shows in vivid bespoke furniture and an eclectic range of art works. There's a wall of vintage suitcases and painted dressmakers' dummies in the lobby, and black illuminated hand sculptures hold cards showing room numbers (very creepy). However, I couldn't fault the deep tub in my king deluxe room, or the cocktail shaker...

United Will Not Allow Lowest-Fare Passengers To Use Overhead Bins United will become the first big U.S. airline to limit low-fare customers to one carry-on bag that fits under a seat. The announcement on Tuesday could frustrate flyers who already feel burdened with airline travel restrictions and fees. United, the No. 3 U.S. airline by passengers carried, said customers who bought its cheapest fares would not be assigned seats until the day of departure, meaning people on the same ticket may be split apart. United will also prohibit these travelers from carrying on bags that can only fit in overhead bins, and they will not accrue miles toward elite status. The company expects the moves to add $4.8 billion to its annual operating income by 2020, although the figure does not include rising wages. Fare...

Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Tourist Destination & Conquerer of Wildfires! In light of the recent Wildfires in east Tennessee, I wanted to take some time to reflect on what an amazing place Gatlinburg is. On Monday, November 28th, 2016, high winds blew a wildfire too close and severely damaged the Smoky Mountains, local businesses, and hundreds of Gatlinburg homes. A mandatory evacuation was issued in hopes that locals and tourists would be out of harms way. While most of downtown has fortunately survived, there's no denying that the city will never be the same. www.Gatlinburg.com Gatlinburg can be found about an hour east of Knoxville, deep within the Smoky Mountains. The area is known for being a popular tourist destination, in conjunction with nearby Sevierville and Pigeon Forge. The trio attracts millions of visitors each year...

Watch: what it’s like to fly as an overweight passenger Being cramped inside a pressurised cabin for hours on end is never a pleasant experience. But for one woman, the idea of travelling by herself was "pretty terrifying" because of her weight. Stacy Bias, a British artist and activist, decided to create an animated film to show the anxiety plus-sized passengers felt when flying. The inspiration for the research came after she began a long-distance relationship, meaning she had to endure long-haul flights for love. "The idea of frequent, solo international travel was pretty terrifying and, quite honestly, a factor in deciding whether or not I could actually commit to giving this relationship a try," Bias, who weighed 136kg, told Mashable. Read more:* British actress says she was mortified when...

New Zealand quake upended geology, harming tourism, farmers KAIKOURA, New Zealand (AP) - In terms of human life, the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit New Zealand this month was relatively merciful: two fatalities. But geologically, it moved roads and mountains and even displaced the sea, leaving a formidable mark from which tourism, farming and life in general may need years to recover. From the air, the power of the Nov. 14 quake becomes clear. It was strong enough to raise entire sections of the seabed and send hillsides tumbling across State Highway One, which winds along the coastline into Kaikoura. Until last week it was the main route for tourists heading south from the town of Picton for whale-watching boat trips; now it’s deserted. “If you go from Kaikoura north, that road is a complete and utter...