On Sunday, the University of Florida men's basketball team was flying to Storrs, Conn., for a Monday-night game against the University of Connecticut.
That plane was delayed due to maintenance. Delta's solution? Let the team use another plane, and bump the 50 passengers who were planning to take it, instead.
According to the The Gainesville Sun, "The airline canceled Delta Connection flight 5059, which had been Atlanta-bound, and used the aircraft for a charter flight for the team instead."
An airline spokesperson told the Sun that each of the displaced passengers was given vouchers for future flights and that they were "accommodated" after the cancellation. But an airport spokesperson said that the last of the replacement flights left Monday afternoon. The original flight was scheduled to leave on Sunday. One passenger reportedly missed a funeral.
An unnamed passenger told the Sun that they were told their plane experienced "mechanical difficulty," but that they still noticed the Florida team boarding through a window.
In a comment, a team spokesperson said they were unaware of the situation.