DENVER, CO - A food service caterer for United Airlines was recently caught sneaking some of his wife’s cooking onto a plane after he loaded several helping of her famous meatloaf on a plane he was catering.
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DENVER, CO – A food service caterer for United Airlines was recently caught sneaking some of his wife’s cooking onto a plane after he loaded several helping of her famous meatloaf on a plane he was catering.


Johnny Cartendale had worked for United Airlines for 17 years until his most recent posting with the catering department saw him out of a job when the airline outsourced the work to a local company called Gate Gourmet. However, he was quickly able to secure a new position with the company awarded the contract and although the signer on the paycheck changed, his positive attitude didn’t.

As a caterer, he delivers food and beverages to planes at the gate and after seeing the quality of food take a big dip after being outsourced he felt he had to do something about it. According to flight attendants, Cartendale puled his catering truck up like normal and removed the food carts like normal – swapping them out for new freshly stocked carts.

However, these carts contained several helpings of his wife’s famous meatloaf. Cartendale would later tell authorities that he had lied to his wife about why he needed her to make three extra pans of the tasty loaf the night before, claiming that it was for a company potluck. She happily obliged and threw in some homemade mashed potatoes to boot.

Flight attendants were quite shocked when they began handing out first-class meals and instead of the unpopular brioche bread with tired chicken and stinky cheese, the zesty aroma of some of the best smelling homecooked meatloaf began wafting down throughout the galley. 

Unsure what to do, the FAs decided to serve the meal, replete with mashed potatoes, to several passengers in the first-class cabin who reported they’d loved it.

One passenger who wished to remain anonymous, noted, “This was the best meatloaf I’ve ever had. Better than even my grandmother’s and hers was phenomenal”

For his part, Cartendale was later fired for the stunt but remained confident in his decision. “I stand by my decision. The meatloaf is good, and if United won’t step up their first-class first service, I felt like I had to do something. I think I made a difference.”

Lee Ballou

Lee is the brains (but definitely not the looks) of The Takeoff Nap. When he's not complaining about upgrades he runs a few travel blogs, but this one is his favorite.

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  1. I want the recipe! United get your act together. I will be on a First Class Dinner flight out of DEN in October. I had better see Meat Loaf on the menu along with a vintage California Zinfandel.

    Johnny Cartendale deserves an Award!

    United…………quit acting like Wells Fargo and implement what Johnny did.
    Employees count!!

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