Delta declines upgrade request from U.S. curling team after gold medal

By Alex Butler  |  Feb. 26, 2018 at 3:25 PM
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Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Delta Airlines said no to a seat upgrade request from the United States curling team on their way home from Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The team put in the request on Saturday.

"Delta, our Olympic curling champions are flying home on Monday. Upgrades?!? #GoldMedalists @CoachPhill @TeamSchuster," the team tweeted.

Delta responded to the request less than an hour later, writing: "Hi, there. Congratulations, gold medal champions! We are honored to be your ride back home! While we don't have any upgrades to offer, we look forward to seeing you on board. Thanks for flying with us! *AJL."

"Thank you for the well wishes and checking into it. I'm sure it'll be a smooth ride home," the curling team responded on Sunday.

Tyler George, one of the curling team members, responded to some criticism aimed at Delta after the denial.

"Hoping to put this to rest...we were never denied anything, simply asked about upgrades, were told very politely the flight was full, and that was that! We hold @Delta in the same high regard we always have. They had a really nice gift presentation for us when we boarded," Goerge tweeted.

Team USA's men's curling team beat Sweden in the gold medal match on Saturday. Switzerland beat Canada in the bronze medal match. Sweden won the gold medal match against South Korea in women's curling. Canada beat Switzerland for the gold medal in mixed curling.

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