An entire flight's worth of passengers headed from Gainesville to Atlanta on Sunday were told their plane had "mechanical problems" and could not be used — only to see the University of Florida basketball team board the aircraft and take off, the Gainesville Sun reports.
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. The airline canceled Delta Connection flight 5059, which had been Atlanta-bound, and used the aircraft for a charter flight for the team instead.
Some of the affected passengers weren't able to find alternate flights until the next day, so there's that.
Florida lost to UConn 65-64. UConn's leading scorer was "karma."