The Rutgers Scarlett Knights, the baseball team for Rutgers University had quite an unusual experience with its baggage earlier this morning. Before heading to New York JFK during a Delta Air Lines connection from Salt Lake City (SLC), the team’s bags were sprayed with jet fuel.
The New Jersey outfit tweeted Delta about what happened. The team shared that following the unexpected occurrence, much of the baggage is still ruined.
Quite a situation here in Salt Lake…
Our bags were sprayed with jet fuel on the transfer to the connecting plane. Unfortunately it appears some luggage and equipment is ruined. Still assessing with @Delta on the next steps… pic.twitter.com/hdyLUXNII5
— Rutgers Baseball (@RutgersBaseball) March 2, 2020
Within the same hour, Delta replied back to Rutgers to recommend the squad’s best course of action.
The airline said the following on Twitter:
“Hi, we’re sorry to hear about this inconvenience, we’ll be happy to check further into this situation. Please DM us the confirmation number and point of contact information. HOS.”
Eventually, the team landed at its intended destination in New York. However, the compromised baggage did not join the members in the city. These bags are set to eventually be transported separately. Rutgers University director of Baseball Peter Barron stayed back in Utah with the items to work with Delta on how to handle the situation.
Scarlett Knights play at the Division I level of the NCAA. Its playing history dates all the way back to 1870 and it is part of The Big Ten Conference. Therefore, some important equipment for the institution could have been implicated after jet fuel was sprayed all over the bags.
Additionally, there would have been other passengers on the plane too. Moreover, these customers may also have their baggage destroyed in the mishap.
A word from Delta
Simple Flying reached out to Delta for comment on what happened in Salt Lake City.
The airline replied with the following statement:
“We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers on Flight 935 from Salt Lake City to New York – JFK who were delayed by damaged baggage during the transfer process.”
The carrier went on to state that the flight was delayed by 3.5 hours and a couple of dozen bags were impacted by the incident. Altogether, flight DL 935 was scheduled to depart at 20:35 but it left SLC Terminal 2 at 00:09. It arrived at JFK Terminal 4 at 06:31.
We replied to Delta to further clarify how the bags of the bags if the baseball team got drenched in jet fuel. We will update the article with any further announcements.
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