Atalanta (CBS)- Chick-fil-A broke one of its core rules and served fried chicken this Sunday. And, the fast-food chain had an incredible justification for doing so.
On Sunday afternoon, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International — the world’s busiest airport — lost power, causing more than 1,000 flights to be grounded. As hours went on without power being restored, the city of Atlanta turned to Chick-fil-A to help craft a solution.
Atlanta’s mayor, Kasim Reed, called Chick-fil-A at around 10 p.m. and asked for assistance, company spokesperson Amanda Hannah said in an email to Business Insider.
Typically, Chick-fil-A is not open on Sunday, due to the founder’s religious beliefs. However, this Sunday, Chick-fil-A employees “immediately mobilized,” making sandwiches and delivering them to the emergency operations center to be distributed to stranded passengers.
“It has been a very difficult day for thousands of travelers,” Hannah said. “And while Chick-fil-A is always closed on Sunday, our restaurants open occasionally to serve communities in need.”
Hannah continued: “We do not make a profit but do what we can to offer comfort to people experiencing hardship.”
People immediately celebrated the chicken chain’s break from tradition.
A fire in a GeorgiaPpower underground electrical facility damaged two substations serving the airport — including the system that provides backup power.
The power came back on shortly before midnight, but more than 11-hundred flights were affected by the blackout.