The Mile High Club: Why some people have sex during flights
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The popular slang term, 'Mile High Club', which is the act of indulging in sexual intercourse while on board a flying aircraft has been the subject of numerous studies and researches over the years.
Some experts opine that the vibration of the plane may speed or improve sexual arousal of some commuters, who would then be motivated to engage in on-flight sexual activity. Other researchers have deduced that it may be occur due to a simple need of acting out a sexual fantasy or fetish about planes themselves. Most 'mile-high club' members reveal that the thrill of doing something taboo and the risk of being discovered excites them.
A recently conducted survey by a UK travel website found that the most common saucy act involved couples entering the lavatory together followed by “lots of banging and squealing,” although sneakier activities underneath a blanket were also quite popular.
Much debate still surrounds the legality of the practice of joining the mile-high club, although research indicates there’s a dependence on individual country laws and also just how visible the act is to other passengers which can fall under “public sex” laws.
Two respondents said they watched couples being escorted by police from flights in Australia as a results of their raunchy mile-high antics.
Some notable incidents
>> Hollywood actor Ralph Fiennes (pictured below) made news for having sex with a flight attendant (who was dismissed for the act) in a business class lavatory during a flight from Darwin to Mumbai on 24 January 2007. The attendant later noted in an interview with a news daily that stayed with Fiennes at his Mumbai hotel.
>> A woman was caught straddling a traveller in business class on a Sydney to London flight.
>> A lipstick message written on a toilet mirror was unexpectedly viewed by an elderly woman when the young man (for who the message was intended) let her used the bathroom first.
>> Lacy underwear was found left on a flight's seat.
>> In-flight lapdances during a party trip.
>> An older man carried a life-size inflatable doll that he bought a seat for.
>> Frightening noise was heard coming from a plane's overhead locker that ended up being a vibrator.
Did you know?
British billionaire entrepreneur and owner of Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin America Airways, has claimed that he joined the mile-high club at age 19 (c. 1969) in the plane's lavatory.
Afterwards, he found out that his partner in the act was married, and the two had no relationship beyond the encounter in the plane.
- With inputs from agencies