‘It was supposed to be the best weekend ever’: Bengals fans missed game due to flight delays

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Cincinnatian Michelle Dorward Jones goes to Cincinnati Bengals games to have fun, but she also goes to gather content for her blog and Instagram account, Hey Michelle, in which she promotes things to do in Cincinnati.

But due to flight cancellations, delays and a missed connection she missed the AFC Championship game Sunday in Kansas City, which the Cincinnati Bengals won.

She and at least six other fans didn’t end up arriving until just as the game was ending Sunday night.

“It was supposed to be the best weekend ever,” Dorward Jones said. She is mad at American Airlines, but she and her sister, Suzy Dorward still managed to have fun, she said.

Here’s what happened: The sisters’ Saturday flight was canceled and moved to early Sunday. Amid big storms along the East Coast, the crew didn’t show up for the Sunday flight so the sisters were moved to flight that had a connection through Philadelphia.

That wasn’t ideal, but it did get them to Kansas City. But the flight to Philadelphia didn’t get there in time and as a group of Cincinnatians hustled to the gate, Dorward Jones said airline employees shut the door on them saying they didn’t arrive in the required time before departure.

The new flight was the one that arrived in Kansas City after the game.

Jones posted on Facebook.

“Cincinnati Bengals fans cheers extra hard for all of us who won’t make the game!!” She posted. “Who Dey now Bengal fans and Chief fans are supporting each other to figure (expletive) out!”

Brent Chism, 46, of Dallas, is a marketing executive who was on Doward Jones’ Kansas City flight because he too was headed the game, only as a Chiefs fan. Still, the two bonded in their desire to get to the game and their frustration.

Chism’s take, “I was bummed, but then you see people on the flight, Bengals fans, who had made a huge sacrifice to get the game and they were crying. My heart was broken to see how upset they were.”

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