We have all likely had bags lost during our travels at some point (even if they aren’t “lost”, we may not have possession of them due to them being misplaced at times). But, yesterday this situation almost caused the New England Patriots to win the game by forfeiture due to bags left on the plane.
NFL Game Nearly Forfeited – Because of Lost Bags
Yesterday afternoon (Sunday, December 8), the New England Patriots hosted the Kansas City Chiefs in what turned out to be a great game. However, it almost didn’t happen because of a luggage snafu.
The team flew by commercial aircraft to Boston on Saturday. According to many people, the normal course of events would be for the team’s managers and staff to oversee the containers offloaded from the plane and taken to the stadium. Then, they would prepare all the team’s gear for the game the next day.
However, Saturday night Gillette Stadium was in use so the Chiefs’ crew couldn’t get in until Sunday morning. That was when it was discovered that they had left a luggage container onboard their United Airlines plane that had to gear bags of about 35 players. Without them, the Chiefs would be forced to forfeit the game to the Patriots – something that has never happened in the modern NFL.
The plane had departed from Boston and flown to Newark. When the mistake was discovered Sunday morning, United Airlines flight 1990. Upon landing at Boston’s Logan airport, the police provided an escort for those bags to the stadium and at 2:40PM (about 1 hour and 40 minutes before kick-off), those bags were being rushed into the stadium by a bunch of people.
Game on! The Chiefs’ equipment has arrived! It got to the stadium — thanks to a police escort — about 15 minutes ago at 2:40 pm. Check out the army of guys bringing it in: pic.twitter.com/cUeqfLaOmI
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) December 8, 2019
The game went on to be a really great one and I am sure some Kansas City Chief person/people got an earful about this mistake. Early reports said it was the airline’s fault but later other outlets said this was on the Chiefs as it was their flight and their gear.
The Patriots never have to worry about this kind of situation since they own their own aircraft. 🙂