Fly Eagles fans, fly: Saints game draws air travelers to New Orleans

Tim Jimenez
January 11, 2019 - 8:24 am
Eagles fans prepare to fly to New Orleans for the Saints game.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Eagles fans are flying out to New Orleans, hoping they’re on the road to victory. 

There were two direct flights scheduled from Philadelphia International Airport to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International for Friday morning.

The first to leave, at 6 a.m. was a Frontier flight, and there were plenty of travelers in their Eagles green.

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“It reminds me of last year, because every week is a gift and you’re enjoying it one game at a time,” said Dan Bradley of Wallingford, Pa. 

It’s a family affair, as Bradley is traveling with his niece and his brother Ed.

“We’re on house money right now. It’s gonna be a great game. If we win it’s gonna be absolutely wonderful,” Ed Bradley said.

On the same flight were Gina and Jim Pollino from Harleysville, Pa. They got their tickets to the game thanks to a special connection.

“We sort of cheated, because our son works for the Saints. So we were able to get tickets. So that’s what prompted us to get down there,” Jim said.

The couple said their son got that job, along with one with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans, right out of college. The pair says they’re grateful for that but that’s not changing who they’re pulling for.

“It’s always definitely the Eagles,” Gina said.

“I’m not conflicted, I’m an Eagles fan through and through,” Jim said.

“As long as it’s not the Cowboys, we’re okay!” he added.

Chris McCart from Washington Township, N.J., says he’s looking forward to the food, drink and sights and sounds that New Orleans has to offer, but the game is the main event. And he made sure to pack something extra special.

“I brought my brother’s jersey. My brother is no longer with us,” McCart said. “I wore it last year when they played the Falcons and then wore it through the playoffs, and it worked out.”