We (me, often) highlight how bad dealing with airlines can be, but this bit of good publicity by Delta is well deserved.
“The problem, according to the founder of United Soccer Africa, was that “the team had assumed it could simply buy plane tickets to Rio at the last minute — just like Nigerians do in their home country to book travel,” the Associated Press reported.
Delta said it got a call late Wednesday and initially determined it couldn’t accommodate the team on regular flights without displacing other passengers. But the airline discovered it had an NBA charter plane available to fly the group of more than 30 people, and arranged to fly the team “with no request for payment,” according to Delta.”
Nigeria ended up winning its first game later that day.
[Delta gets stranded Nigerian team to Olympics via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]