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A College Student Spent $98 on a Plane Ticket Just to Get Chick-Fil-A

by Eben Diskin Aug 13, 2020

Fast-food fandom usually comes down to a tug-of-war between cost vs. taste, and for true die-hards, the taste almost always outweighs the cost. This guy from Troy, NY, weighed the costs of purchasing a plane ticket specifically to eat Chick-fil-A, and decided it was worth it.

From Troy, the closest Chick-fil-As are either 68 miles away in Chicopee, MA, or 76 miles away in Enfield, CT. A group of students from Troy’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), however, discovered a clever loophole.

The airport in Albany, just 15 minutes from Troy, does have a Chick-fil-A behind the TSA checkpoint. Seeing a golden opportunity, members of RPI’s cross country/track and field team contributed $5.50 each to buy a plane ticket for RPI senior Vincent Putrino, who purchased a $98 ticket to Florida in order to get past security. Once through the checkpoint, Putrino ordered $227.28 worth of Chick-Fil-A, including 15 sandwiches, 15 orders of fries, and 156 chicken nuggets.

Putrino then left the airport and returned to his friends, in perhaps the most legendary and extravagant food run of all time.

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