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United Airlines offers to fly Air Force team to Navy for football game threatened by shutdown

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For fans complaining that the government shutdown could scrub one of the biggest college football games of the weekend, United Airlines may be saving the Navy-Air Force game, originally scheduled for Saturday in Annapolis.

With the service academies saying they must call off their athletic events in light of the budget freeze, United said Wednesday it would fly the Air Force team to the game at no charge.


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“We hate cancellations, so we’re offering to fly @AF_Academy to this year’s Air Force-Navy game. Retweet if you agree,” the airline posted on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

Intercollegiate games for service academies were cancelled when the government shut down at midnight on Monday. A final decision on the Navy-Air Force game will be made by noon Thursday.

The Army-Boston College game on Saturday is also in jeopardy of being cancelled.

United did not immediately return a request for comment.

A spokesman from the Air Force Academy said that there were no updates about the status of the game. A spokesman from the Naval Academy also had not heard from United.

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