Delta Bounces Passengers for Florida Basketball Team
On Sunday, the carrier canceled Delta Connection flight 5059 out of Gainesville Regional Airport, removing about 50 passengers on board, to instead use the plane as a private commercial flight for the University of Florida's men's basketball team, the "Gainsville Sun" reports.
Delta spokesman Michael Thomas apologized to the booted passengers on behalf of the airline. And Florida ended up losing to Connecticut anyway.
A maintenance delay grounded the aircraft meant to carry the team from Gainesville to Storrs, Conn., for its Monday-night game against the University of Connecticut, which was scheduled to start at 7 p.m.