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Delta Airlines Comes to the Rescue Airplane Just for 5th Graders Stranded by Cancelled American Airlines Flight

Forty-one fifth graders and their adult chaperones were stranded at Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport when their flight was cancelled.

The group was set to travel from Tulsa to Richmond, Virginia, when American Airlines announced their flight was canceled. After being told there were no alternative flights available, KOCO News reports, the entire party received full refunds on their tickets.

The students remained at the airport for six and a half hours, with no promise that they would be able to make their long-awaited trip. However, Delta gate agents eventually intervened.

Two agents reached out to the airline's headquarters in Atlanta and were able to acquire a spare plane. The plane was flown to Oklahoma City just for the students.

Read teacher Shantell Barbour's Twitter thread regarding the incident here. via-Yahoo!

Image Credit: Shantell Barbour/Twitter


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Thanks! I mostly fly Alaska Airlines with Southwest thrown in every once in a while. Haven't flown Delta in years and have never flown American. The first time I flew Alaska Airlines round trip, a few years ago, I ended up with a free upgrade to first class on the return home. They had seats available and asked if there were any takers. Only one person went up to the gate agent to inquire. So I decided to ask how much the upgrade was and the agent said he wanted to fill the seats so he gave it to me free!
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Fixed for you! It's funny that I've flown only about five times with American Airlines ... and almost all of them have some sort of trouble. Two were canceled, one was late and we almost missed our connection (our luggage didn't make it). I now actively avoid AA whenever I can.
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First line should say 'forty-one students and their adult chaperones'.
Ranking of best to worst U.S. airlines listed at Forbes magazine. Not surprisingly, Delta is ranked #2 and American Airlines #10 out of 12 on their list.
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