Mario Lopes came back from Kuwait earlier this month. His dad's name is also Mario, and he's a pilot for United Airlines. After he found out his son was coming home, he saw that United had a flight out of Kuwait for military personnel on the same day.

Apparently there was no way to find out for sure if it was the same flight. But he figured it probably was. The senior Mario managed to get assigned to it as the pilot. And it turned out it was the same flight.