Did race get woman booted from first class on Charlotte flight? ‘No,’ says airline

A new accusation of unfair treatment by an airline has emerged, this time from women who claim race played a role in someone losing a first class seat this month on a regional jet headed to Charlotte.

The Root, an online magazine of African-American culture, reports it happened May 2 on an hour-long flight from Kentucky to Charlotte.

Passenger Rane Baldwin told the Web site that she and a friend boarded American Airlines Flight 5389 with an expectation that their seats had been upgraded to first class. However, Baldwin quickly learned that there was only one available seat in first class, so she was seated toward the back of the plane.

Baldwin is black and her friend, Janet Novack, is white. That prompted Novack to take to social media with accusations that race was part of the airline’s decision making process.

@janetnovack_ We don’t tolerate discrimination of any kind. Please share details and your record locator. We want to look into this quickly.

— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) May 2, 2017

However, American Airlines told the Charlotte Observer Thursday that race was not a factor. Instead, it was a simple matter of a ticket agent mistakenly upgrading seats without making sure enough space was available in first class. Only one seat was available and Novack got it because her ticket had been upgraded first. Had Baldwin’s ticket been entered into the system first, she would have gotten the seat, airline officials said.

Novack reportedly left first class cabin in frustration, to join her friend Baldwin in the main cabin, The Root reported.

Neither of the two women had been charged extra for the upgrade, airline officials noted.

American Airlines officials said Thursday that they had reached out to Baldwin with an explanation for the mix up. The airline said it also discussed the matter with the agent who made the mistake “to make sure she followed policies in the future.”

Both Baldwin and Novack were left “dismayed” over what happened to them on the flight, reported The Root reported.

@AmericanAir As she asked questions, she was ignored. However, whenever I asked the same questions, I received thorough answers.

— Janet Novack (@janetnovack_) May 2, 2017

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge prepare to celebrate Princess Charlotte’s second birthday

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are preparing to celebrate as their daughter Princess Charlotte turns two on Tuesday.

William and Kate are likely to stage a birthday party for the youngster, who was born on May 2 2015, at their Norfolk home Anmer Hall.

Charlotte’s privacy has been carefully guarded by the Cambridges, and during the past year she has only been seen in public on a handful of occasions.

The young princess last made an appearance on Christmas Day when she was taken by her parents to a church service, close to the home of her grandparents Carole and Michael Middleton in the Berkshire village of Bucklebury.

She was pictured in the arms of the Duchess when the royal party arrived at St Mark’s Church in Englefield, with older brother Prince George holding the Duke’s hand as they walked in, and when they left the royal children were clutching candy canes.

The other notable outing for Charlotte was during the Duke and Duchess’ tour of Canada last autumn, when she was seen a number of times particularly at a children’s party in Victoria, British Colombia.

Charlotte’s first birthday was marked with the release of four official photographs by her parents, and royal fans will be hoping more will be issued for the second birthday.

The young royal was introduced to the public on the day of her birth and was photographed in Kate’s arms outside the private maternity wing of St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, central London where she was delivered.

She was named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana in tribute to her grandmother Diana, Princess of Wales and her great-grandmother the Queen.

The Cambridges will be spending more time at Kensington Palace in London when William leaves his air ambulance helicopter pilot job in the summer and devotes more time to royal duties.

George will be schooled at the private Thomas’s Battersea school in September and it is likely his sister will be sent to a nursery later this year.

Charlotte Atkinson: Swimmer hopes there is ‘more to come’ at World Championships

Isle of Man swimmer Charlotte Atkinson set three Manx records at the British championships

Double British champion Charlotte Atkinson is in the 29-strong British swimming team for July’s World Championships in Hungary.

The 19-year-old from the Isle of Man achieved the qualification standard when she won the 200m butterfly final at the British Championships.

The Loughborough swimmer said she was "over the moon" to be chosen.

Atkinson also won the 50m butterfly and came second in the 100m butterfly events in Sheffield.

She told BBC Sport: "I am over the moon with my results from last week and I am happy to be British champion for the first time!

The swimmer from Douglas is the fist ever Manx born British champion swimmer

"To set personal bests and medal in all my events was incredible, and hopefully this is just the start with a lot more to come in the summer.

"I am so proud to represent Great Britain at the World Championships and can’t wait to show what I can do there."

The strong team also involves Rio Olympic champion Adam Peaty.

The World Championships will take place between in Budapest between 14 and 30 July.

Men: Nick Grainger, Luke Greenbank, James Guy, Calum Jarvis, Daniel Jervis, Max Litchfield, Stephen Milne, Ross Murdoch, Adam Peaty, Ben Proud, Duncan Scott, Mark Szaranek, Chris Walker-Hebborn, James Wilby.

Women: Freya Anderson, Charlotte Atkinson, Jazz Carlin, Georgia Davies, Kathleen Dawson, Holly Hibbott, Hannah Miley, Siobhan-Marie O’Connor, Molly Renshaw, Rosie Rudin, Alys Thomas, Jocelyn Ulyett, Sarah Vasey, Aimee Willmott, Abbie Wood.

Reasons To Move To Charlottes

Charlotte is one of those cities that should be mentioned when it comes to being a vibrant location full of great people.

If you’re thinking about moving to another part of the nation, you will want to take a look at Charlotte as soon as you can because it’s the real deal.

1) Beautiful Setting

This is one of those cities that is going to capture your attention when you start to see some of the local attractions. They are a joy to behold, and you are going to adore them. There are so many things to do for all age groups, and that makes it a nice place to raise your family.

2) Great Weather

The weather is great in the area, and you will be able to relax knowing it is not going to snow. This is one of the best parts about residing in this part of the nation. You can relax and have a good time under the sun.

3) Excellent People

The people are great, and that always matters. People want to live in a safe place, and this is one of those locations that is as safe as it gets. It is a good city that doesn’t have a lot of dull moments when it comes to having fun.

4) Booming Economy

In the end, the one thing that will drag you to any city has to do with the economy. You are going to want to live in a place where there are many jobs, and it doesn’t get better than Charlotte at this point.

You are going to want to move here as soon as you can because Charlotte is one of those special places that is worth it. You are going to adore the city for all that it has to offer.

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Charlotte NC Is Home To Some Great Restaurants

While North Carolina is on the east coast and is home to the ocean, the mountains and many great cities, Charlotte is one of its finest. If you start exploring this rather large city in NC, you’re going to have so much fun. While you are out there with the family tagging as many attractions and things to do as you can, you’re going to get quite hungry. Continue reading “Charlotte NC Is Home To Some Great Restaurants”

Charlotte high school senior in custody of immigration officials

by: Elsa Gillis
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Mario Seijas, a senior at Northwest School of the Arts, said he received a phone call from his friend, Gustavo “Gus” Zamudio, last weekend.

“When I heard that over the phone, I freaked out, I was like, what? He said, ‘I’m being detained by immigration,’” Seijas said. Continue reading “Charlotte high school senior in custody of immigration officials”