The consequences of the NFL’s national anthem protest has stretched far and wide. From sponsors dropping their contracts, to fans removing their support for the game.
Now, even airports are jumping in on the issue. One commission at a regional airport in Minnesota has proposed a resolution to bar any flight into the area for Super Bowl LII.
The Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport Commission hinted, during a Thursday meeting, that overflow air traffic for the Super Bowl — to take place in Minneapolis this coming February — would be turned away due to the leagues protest of our nation’s national anthem, reports the Washington Examiner.
Due to the expected increase in air traffic, this could be a big setback for the NFL. The regional airport is based in Crow Wing County and is an expected ‘back up plan’ for weather-related delays.
As the big game approaches the volume of travelers will spike and the Minneapolis area would need all the support they can get.
The airport’s commission member Jeff Czeczok was responsible for introducing the resolution in last week’s meeting. He condemned the NFL for protesting the national anthem and due to their actions resolved ‘the Brainerd Lakes Airport would not accept the Super Bowl flights unless the NFL were to stop the protests,’ reports Breitbart.
Brainerd has a direct historical link to the Bataan Death March of WWII, which Czeczok reminded everyone on the board that many American soldiers died a terrible death while wearing a patch with the American flag on it.
“I just would like to remind the people sitting at this table that, you know, we have a national organization that has team members kneeling down during our national anthem,” Czeczok said.
He wasn’t the only commissioner who believed this. Marty Johnson also supported this move and went on to criticize the media for their support of the protests and ‘spotlighting’ them.
Breitbart continues: One commissioner, Don Jacobson, agreed with Czeczok’s sentiment but said his colleague was going about addressing the issue in the wrong way.
The majority of commissioners voiced their support of the condemnation, and all but one of the board members commented positively on the matter. However, the resolution did not pass for lack of a second.