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 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.