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Crave Chick-fil-A? This college track team bought a plane ticket to get some

Updated: February 24, 2020 02:55 PM

Sometimes you have a food craving that you'll do anything to satisfy.

That's what happened to members of the cross country track team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, on Saturday.

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The team, which had the week off, decided they wanted to celebrate with lunch from the popular chain restaurant Chick-fil-A, Albany ABC affiliate WTEN reported.

The only trouble: The closest Chick-fil-A is at least an hour and a half from campus.

The team knew of a Chick-fil-A located in nearby Albany Airport -- but the restaurant sits beyond the security checkpoint.

So team captain Vincent Putrino hatched a plan. The RPI senior figured if the whole team pooled their money, they could buy a cheap one-way plane ticket to get him past security so he could get lunch for the group.

The cheapest flight Putrino found was a one-way ticket to Fort Lauderdale for $98, so the 18 team members pitched in $5.50 apiece and Putrino bought the ticket at the airport counter, then passed through security.

At the airport Chick-fil-A, he filled his teammate's orders, which amounted to 15 chicken sandwiches, 15 large fries, 13 orders of chicken nuggets, a bag of cookies, and a lemonade. He drove the food back to campus and the team enjoyed its hard-earned feast.

The total bill? $227.28 plus the price of the plane ticket that made it possible -- all of which came out to about $18 for each team member.

A small price to pay to satisfy a food craving.

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