- Brett Rosner, WSBTV.com
It could be a first for Atlanta's favorite fried chicken sandwich restaurant -- Chick-fil-A opened up its hearts and its fryers to help the stranded travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Chick-fil-A is traditionally closed on Sundays but because of the massive power outage at the airport, restaurant employees came to the rescue for thousands of stranded -- and hungry -- travelers.
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 10 p.m. 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”