NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Maybe they just prefer boats?
The frustrated New York Giants allegedly trashed the plane they took home from Green Bay early Monday morning, delaying passengers on the following flight for more than three hours as workers cleaned the mess.
Mark Kropf, of Brooklyn, told the New York Post that he was waiting at Newark Liberty Airport for his London-bound flight when the pilot asked for the passengers’ patience and “shared where the plane came from and that the plane needed extra help repairing and cleaning the interior.”
Kropf said a gate agent told passengers the Giants destroyed the business class cabin and that he saw workers carrying countless seat cushions off the plane.
Kropf said that when he finally boarded he could still smell alcohol on the plane and found chewing tobacco, popcorn and other food crumbs on his seat.
Sian Welby, a British media personality, posted a photo of herself on Twitter holding a sign that read, “Go Giants!” In her post, she wrote, “Thanks @Giants for trashing this plane so badly it was delayed for 2hrs in a ‘clean up operation’ which meant I didn’t miss my connection!”
However, the Giants, who were eliminated from the playoffs Sunday night when they lost to the Packers 38-13, denied to ESPN on Monday afternoon that any players trashed the plane.
According to the website FlightAware, United Airlines Flight 2237 arrived in Newark at 2:42 a.m. The same Boeing 767-400 was scheduled to depart for Heathrow Airport at 8:30 a.m., but was delayed until 11:47 a.m.
A spokeswoman for United attributes the delay to logistical issues.
“Flight 934 to London had a mechanical issue and we had to replace it with the aircraft used for the Giants charter the night before,” spokeswoman Maddie King said in a statement provided to CBSNewYork. “This aircraft was not scheduled to re-depart from Newark for a few more days, and it took our team some time to prepare the aircraft for its next commercial flight.”
Before the Giants left Green Bay, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. allegedly punched a hole in a wall at Lambeau Field. NFL security is investigating that incident.