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The government show will go on... with a little help from the private sector

A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner is prepared for a flight at O'Hare International Airport after it arrived from Houston with United CEO Jeff Smisek, Boeing Company CEO Jim McNerney and more than 250 other passengers on board May 20, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The flight was the first passenger flight for the Boeing Dreamliner since it was grounded for electrical problems in January. (Credit: Getty Images)

College football fans can breathe a sigh of relief this weekend. The Navy-Air Force game will go on as originally scheduled on Saturday in Annapolis -- thanks to a little help from United Airlines.

The Washington Timesexplains:

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.

“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.

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