Autistic girl removed from flight after emergency landing

posted on 29 Jun 2015 23:30 by jason3juarez
An Oregon family traveling with a 15-year old autistic girl was kicked off a flight this week for what the airline calls a "disruptive" situation.

The family calls it an outrage.

Video shot by a fellow passenger and posted to YouTube showed Salt Lake City airport police removing the family from a United Airlines flight last Tuesday, after the pilot made an emergency landing.

The girl's mother, Donna Beegle, was shocked when officers explained why.

"He said, 'Well, the captain doesn't feel comfortable flying to Portland with your daughter on his flight," Beegle told CBS News.

The trouble began halfway through the flight from Houston to Portland. Beegle says her daughter, Juliette, was hungry and started to act up.

"I know her. When she gets over hungry or over thirsty, she really struggles," Beegle described.

Her mother says Juliette is a picky eater, so she asked a flight attendant if she could purchase a hot meal from first class -- and says she was told no.

"Well, I said, 'How about we wait for her to have a meltdown and then she is crying and tries to scratch -- and then you'll want to help her,'" Beegle said she told the flight attendant.

Beegle eventually got the meal and said Juliette calmed down. Then came an announcement from the captain.

"We were shocked to hear them say, 'We're going to make an emergency landing in Salt Lake City, we have a passenger in the back of the plane who has behavior issues,'" Beegle said.

In a statement, United Airlines said, "...The crew made the best decision for the safety and comfort of all of our customers and elected to divert to Salt Lake City after the situation became disruptive."

Passenger Marilyn Hedlund told CBS News it was the right decision.

"She wasn't put off the plane because she had autism," Hedlund said. "She was put off the plane because she was maybe proposing some kind of threat at 36,000 feet -- which, you know, doesn't make anybody feel safe."

But as Juliette and her family were removed from the flight, other passengers seemed surprised.

"This is gonna be a lawsuit," one person can be heard saying on the video.

"Oh, yeah," another responds.

According to Donna Beegle, that lawsuit is already in the works.

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Skateboarding Facts

posted on 29 Jun 2015 11:27 by jason3juarez
The popularity of skateboarding as a sport knows no bounds. With its complex tricks and ability to improve the hand-eye coordination, along with an increase in the general attention span, this sport has won several fans, a majority of whom belong to the United States of America. Apart from being a fun sport, skateboarding also strengthens the heart and tones the muscles in the body. Whether you indulge in it for its health benefits or just for sheer pleasure of the sport, here are some cool facts for all you skateboarding enthusiasts.

Interesting Facts about Skateboarding

A fact that has arisen from history of skateboarding is that skateboarding has actually considered to have developed from surfing, and was initially known as sidewalk surfing, with the first skateboard being introduced in the year 1950.

Skateboarding originated in California, and the first skateboard had handles so that it could be easily maneuvered by its users. The maximum number of skateboarders belong to California.

Before the ramp for skateboarding was invented, skateboarders used to practice in empty swimming pools and drainage ditches. It was later that they began to build the ramp, which led to the development of the half pipe that forms the core of skateboarding at more advanced levels.

In the United States, the number of skateboarding parks are less than 500 in number, many of which have just come up in the last 10 years. It is believed that the increase in the number of skateboarding parks is to motivate kids to increase their physical activity by indulging in this sport.

In order to raise funds for these skateboarding parks, professional skateboarders participated in golf fundraising tournaments.

Among all the sports in the world, skateboarding has made its mark among the top ten most popular sports.

For those of you who think skateboarding is a man's sport, here's something for you. Women have been as involved in this sport as men since its inception. The first female professional skateboarder in history was Patti McGee.

The first modern skateboarding trick was introduced by Alan Ollie Gelfand, and is now popularly known as the Ollie. This is one of the basic tricks that every aspiring skateboarder is expected to learn.

Though many people fail to notice it, or ignore this body part while skateboarding, the wrists are most prone to injury while performing this activity. It is thus essential that along with all the other protective gear, one should wear wrist guards too.

As the wrist and other body parts are prone to injury when skateboarding, doctors are visited by more than 80,000 people every year, after hurting themselves while performing this sport.

Of the people who skateboard, only 40% wear the right protective gear to prevent themselves from injury.

Kids as young as 2 years of age have dabbled in skateboarding, while the average age of skateboarders is 12 years. The oldest person to learn skateboarding was 67 years old.

Skateboarding is now a preferred mode of travel for students around their campus. Furthermore, it has emerged as an alternative to and a way of dealing with the continuously increasing cost of gas.

A skateboard deck is made from seven pieces of plywood maple. This fact can never be recognized by the naked eye.

You may already be a skateboarding professional, but keep these skateboarding facts in mind to develop the true skateboarder in you!

Eat Your Heart Out Indiana Jones!

posted on 28 Jun 2015 07:56 by jason3juarez
Recently I was reminiscing with a friend about all the games we used to make up as children when we would disappear outside for hours at a time; sadly those carefree days are over and the modern child has adapted to a more sophisticated, but indoor, world. With most kids nowadays having access to computer consoles and adventure games it is often very difficult to get them to play outside at all. Gone are the days when kids could be packed off to play 'cowboys and indians' or build a den for example. Rather than make games up for themselves, modern children like their adventures handed to them on a plate, ready packaged.

I decided to do a bit of research about activity days that are especially aimed at children and teens, in an effort to persuade them to leave their computer games behind and get a little real adventure into their lives.

Usually any sort of adventure day will start with you arriving early for your activity so that a safety briefing and equipment check can take place. You will then be assigned to a qualified instructor and off you'll go to be put through your paces.

Here's just a brief description of the different kids adventure experiences I discovered.

High Ropes - be Tarzan (or Cheetah) for the day and swing through the trees like the Lord of the Jungle. You will climb, jump or swing from platform to platform using ropes and zip wires. Definitely not for those who like to keep their feet on the floor!

Paintballing - get into teams and creep through the undergrowth to try and surprise your 'enemies' on the opposing team. Have a computer-game-inspired shoot-out with special guns that fire great dollops of paint. At the end of the day celebrate your victory or not, as the case may be!

Snowboarding - was invented in America in the 1960s and is essentially skateboarding down a snowy slope on a board with no wheels. The sport has now become so popular that it has featured in the Olympics, no need to wait for winter either as it can be done all year round in indoor winter-sports facilities.

Steam train trips - slow things down a little by taking a family trip on a steam-hauled train. Watch the countryside roll gently by as you relax to the regular rhythm and sounds of the restored locomotive.

Fly fishing - try your hand at an ancient sport, learn how use the special cast to place your fly where fish are likely to be feeding. The fly mimics small water creatures and fools the fish into thinking it's a tasty meal. Once the fish is caught then you have to land it, feel the exhilaration of the fight between man and beast.

Bungee jumping - get into a harness with your feet tied firmly to what is in fact a huge elastic band that is tethered to a high platform or even a structure such as a bridge. Then you're on your own as you hurtle head-first toward the ground bouncing back up as the elastic does its job. Not for the faint-hearted!

Zorbing - or sphering, you and a pal will be strapped inside a giant transparent ball and then rolled down a hill, tossing and turning as it makes its journey. Sometimes water and even bubble bath can be added for a different experience altogether - watch what you have for breakfast!

Skydiving - no need to jump from an aeroplane, this can now be done indoors. Car manufacturers use wind tunnels to test vehicle aerodynamics; skydivers turn the wind tunnel on its end so that the wind is forced upwards. To simulate free-fall you launch yourself onto the blast of air and fly, if you're lucky your instructor will show you a few tricks.

There were many more experiences that had children, cooking, messing about in water and even driving performance cars; but maybe I'll explore those some other time!

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Author's Bio:

Bruno Blackstone is a freelance writer interested in all things to do with the outdoors and helping others get the most from the outdoors. Starting with a psychology degree his early career was as a social worker and family therapist working with families to help them achieve more positive and stable relationships. In his more recent career he has coached many senior executives in both small and large organisations in areas such as strategy, human resources, organisational design and performance improvement. He now continues his work in the business world but he is also co-owner of My Outdoor Store a price comparison site for outdoor enthusiasts.