Disaster Strikes Atlanta’s Airport, One Company Springs into Action to Help Thousands of Stranded Passengers

On Sunday, disaster struck Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport, arguably the most important airport on our planet.

The airport that has seen more people walk its halls since 2000, completely lost power on Sunday, stranding thousands of passengers in planes and in terminals without hope of making it to their final destination.

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To make matters worse the power would be out for hours, meaning that there would be thousands of trapped, hungry, uncomfortable, and angry customers with nothing to do but contemplate revenge on the powers that be in Atlanta.

Atlanta mayor, Kasim Reed (D-GA) realized that things could get ugly very quickly and decided to call on Atlanta’s most beloved institution for help… no, not Coca-Cola… Reed placed a call to Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy and asked him to lend a hand in alleviating the crisis.

Cathy and his company, ever the good citizens, sprung into action and fired up their grills, even though they’re usually closed on Sundays.

The Atlanta airport tweeted around 1:15 a.m. photos of Chick-fil-A workers handing out sandwiches and water.

Travelers stranded at the Georgia International Convention Center were also treated with the meals. 

In all, 2,000 meals were provided to travelers. 

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed thanked Chick-fil-A owner Dan Cathy for his support. 

Here is the full statement from Chick-fil-A: 

The mayor called about 10pm and asked for assistance. We immediately mobilized staff and team members who live and work near the airport, and they are making sandwiches and delivering them to the EOC (emergency operations center).  City and airport officials there are distributing sandwiches to passengers who are stranded due to the power outage.  It has been a very difficult day for thousands of travelers, and while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need.  We do not make a profit, but do what we can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship.

Mayor Kasim Reed also took the time to thank Cathy and his team for their help:

Others were also pleased with Chick-fil-A’s efforts:

Chick-fil-A spokesperson Amanda Hannah explained that it was the company’s pleasure to be able to serve people who were dealing with difficulty, particularly during the holiday season.

Spokesperson Amanada Hannah told Fox News’ Todd Starnes that the fast-food chicken chain quickly mobilized staff and team members who live near the airport in an effort to get food to the stranded passengers as quickly as possible.

“They are making sandwiches and delivering them to the emergency operations center. City and airport officials there are distributing sandwiches to passengers who are stranded due to the power outage. It has been a very difficult day for thousands of travelers, and while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need. We do not make a profit but do what we can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship,” Hannah said.

This community spirit is one (of many) reasons that Chick-fil-A has become the nation’s (and the world’s) most popular fast food restaurant.

In fact, “since 2010, Chick-Fil-A has been the top earner among fast food restaurants in average sales per restaurant, earning an average of $4.8 million per restaurant in 2016 (Whataburger was second at $2.7 million). This ranking is even more impressive considering that the majority of their competitors are open seven days a week and Chick-Fil-A is, as mentioned repeatedly above, closed on Sunday.

So kudos to Chick-Fil-A for looking out for their neighbors stranded at the airport.” 

Kudos indeed. Chick-Fil-A continues to operate as a business should, caring for their community and wearing their values proudly on their sleeves.

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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children. You can find his writing all over the web.

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