I don’t know about you, but I love Chick-fil-A. Maybe it has to do with the fact the closest restaurant is a bit of a drive, but the food is always worth the trouble. Many people have criticized Chick-fil-A for their choice to remain closed on Sundays.
That is until they opened their doors on one Sunday afternoon.
It all started when a fire broke out in an underground electrical facility that supplied all main electricity to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. As if from a horror movie, the entire airport completely blacked out except the backup emergency lights which managed to provide minimal light.
Eerie images popped up on social media platforms as thousands of passengers discovered their flights were canceled. Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is a huge junction for flights from all over the country, but now it sat quiet and dark.
The City of Atlanta announced on Twitter that they would be evacuating passengers stuck waiting in the airport and parked airplanes:
“The City of Atlanta has mobilized the Georgia International Convention Center and will provide shuttle services for anyone who needs a place to stay for the night. @ChickfilA will provide food for passengers.”
The City of Atlanta has mobilized the Georgia International Convention Center and will provide shuttle services for anyone who needs a place to stay for the night. @ChickfilA will provide food for passengers.
— City of Atlanta, GA (@Cityofatlanta) December 18, 2017
As the blackout dragged out over the course of the afternoon and well into the night, word spread of the good deed Chick-fil-A was providing for the people. Some were shocked that the popular fast food chain would break such a defining rule in their culture, but many others wanted to take advantage of the rare opportunity.
One commenter said, “What if I don’t need a place to stay but want some of that @ChickfilA”
What if I don’t need a place to stay but want some of that @ChickfilA 🐣
— 𝕡𝕒𝕦𝕝𝕪𝕨𝕒𝕝𝕟𝕦𝕥𝕫𝕫 (@paulywalnutzz) December 18, 2017
Another Twitter user responded, “Heard! I moved to south Florida after growing up in atl & I’m thinking of making the drive for this!”
Despite this great service by Chick-fil-A, it is estimated that 30,000 people were affected by the outage. The power was out from 1:30 in the afternoon and continued until shortly before midnight.
Many people were trapped in the aircraft for hours before they could deplane with many travelers abandoning their flights altogether just to avoid the long wait inside the airport.
What You can’t see here is hundreds of people waiting at a completely dark terminal pic.twitter.com/AqJUI0RJ0c
— Mehtap Colak (@Mehtap_Colak) December 17, 2017
It was awesome of Chick-fil-A to break their sacred rule in order to provide the people with much-needed meals!