When winter comes around, there becomes a 66% chance of something going wrong every time you step foot into an airport. It’s just science. I went to Idaho last week and somehow the 6 hour trip turned into 20, with a detour to Vegas and a night spent in Denver. And the worst part is you can’t ask why or do anything, because airplanes are bigger than you and flight attendants are fluent in handling your bullshit.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is no different. The world’s largest airport took a catastrophic hit after an underground fire caused the entire airport to lose power for 12 hours. More than 1,000 flights were cancelled, stalled on the tarmac, and 280,000 passengers left stranded with no access to food and water, and even worse, their iPhones slowly dwindling to 0%
As day turned to night, the city of Atlanta turned to Chick-fil-A to help craft a solution.
Atlanta’s mayor, Kasim Reed, called the fast-food chain at about 10 p.m. and asked for assistance. Reed has some balls for doing this, if Chick-fil-A is known for anything other than their delicious chicken sammy’s, it’s the fact they’re NOT open on Sundays, because Sunday’s are for Jesus.
But what would Jesus do? He would feed the people. That’s what he does every Sunday, in fact. And so that’s what Chick-fil-A did too. Employees reportedly “immediately mobilized,” making sandwiches and delivering them to an emergency operations center to be distributed to stranded passengers.
Can you imagine, cold and stranded with nothing but your suitcase for comfort…It’s dark, you look around and see silhouettes musing around the terminal. The hustle and bustle of rumors fill your ears, but your stomach is grumbling to the point where you’re actually looking forward to those on-flight complimentary peanuts. You’re probably going to even ask for 2. Your mouth salivates as you prep for peanuts. Will they be honey roasted or plain? You catch yourself talking out loud.
But then you hear something, and all heads turn one way. Is the power back on? No, it’s still dark. Is it your company’s CEO walking to you saying they bought you a private flight, you’re free? No. It’s even better. It’s a Chick-fil-A employee with a sandwich, and it has your name on it.
Sent from heaven indeed.
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