It seems one airline has found a way to pull some good public relations tricks in the fallout of the ongoing government shutdown. As previously reported, the service academies have shut down all athletic competitions for the time being, putting this weekend’s game between Air Force and Navy in jeopardy. According to Air Force, upper-class cadets at the Air Force Academy could be subject to travel restrictions under the shutdown because they are considered military personnel. Now one airline is offering to ease the travel concerns.
United Airlines took to Twitter to announce they are willing to provide complimentary travel to the Air Force football team for this weekend so at least one game threatened by the shutdown can go on. This is a terrific act of kindness of course, but it also serves for some terrific public relations feedback. The tweet generated more than 3,000 retweets and has received plenty of praise from fans.
A decision on the fate of this weekend’s Air Force-Navy game is expected to be made by noon on Thursday.
Army’s game at Boston College is still up in the air as well. For all three service academies though, it appears as though there is more than financial concerns at play, which is really just politics getting involved with college football.