Legends speak of the fabled 'Mile-High Club'. You might know someone who's joined it.
But what's it like when the flight attendants find out? Well, we've got 16 stories telling us now. Check them out!
1/16) My aunt was an flight attendant.
One Christmas she told us one story of catching two teenage girls going at it in the bathroom and didn't lock the door.
Instead of stopping, they asked if she wanted to have "the time of her life" and join in if she wouldn't tell anyone. She declined.
2/16) I'm a flight attendant currently for Qantas, we've had this happen a few times in economy and first, but only because they haven't been at all inconspicuous about it. I usually don't care as long as they're not disrupting other passengers, although some of my co-workers do.
We once mistakingly thought there was a couple having sex because we heard a man grunting we knocked on the door a few times, turned out he was just severally constipated.
3/16) Flight attendant here: Last week I stepped into the lav and saw some guy had jerked off and left the results for us to find. That was gross.
4/16) Pilot here, 180 seater aircraft, short to medium haul.
I've only had a couple of occasions where they have been caught:
New girl cabin crew saw a couple going in, gave a knock, no response, so she opened it from the outside (all doors can be unlocked from the outside, so be warned!) To her shock is a young man who resembled Edgar Prado getting stuffed by a man who could have easily snuck his way into the Russians female weightlifting team.
The other time was a risky couple who decided she would just give oral right there, in their seats. Now that might be legit on a night time long haul flight. This was middle of the day. In summer. Two hour flight to Greece. Full aircraft. It was the passengers who alerted the staff to the mans dog roll being rocked by this girl, going at it like a pelican with a flounder stuck in its neck. They were met by security on arrival, who then escorted them off. Not sure what the result was. Being Greeks, they probably patted her on the back and sent them on their merry way.
Two occasions in five years of this type of flying. Either it doesn't happen much, or there are some ninjas out there.
5/16) Hello, ex flight attendant here. I used to work for Qantas, Australia's biggest (in terms of fleet size) and most well known airline companies.
The one experience I'll probably never forget is on a flight from Australia to Vietnam, a young couple were very frisky with one another since the beginning of the trip. Turns out it was their honey moon trip.
Well some of the flight attendants decided to give the newly weds a banquet full of goodies that we all put together. We included goods that are usually reserved for the flight staff (pre-packed cakes, beers, junk food and other sundries).
Anyway, Debbie goes down to their row with this nice basket with all the goods in it, and we're all watching from the flight attendant service/wait area, big smiles on our faces.
She reaches their row (at the far end, pretty much at the back), she turns to them, jumps, says something to them, bows a couple of times and walks briskly back towards the rest of us.
Turns out the Mrs was giving the Mr a nice job of blows. We all teared up from having to hold our laughter in so hard, and asked her what her reaction said. Good ole Deb said her brain short circuited and all she managed to say was "Oh! Lovely penis, sir. This is a gift on behalf of the staff for you and your wife, thanks byeee."
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6/16) My mom was a flight attendant in the late 80's and 90's. She said it did happen more then once during flights she was on and it was obvious as hell. It also presented risks, as it was unsafe for passengers to be in the bathroom during landing, so sometimes she or one of her coworkers would have to knock on the bathroom door to request that the people inside return to their seats.
Once she had to do this and a burly biker dude came out of the bathroom, followed shortly after by another burly biker dude.
7/16) Former flight attendant here: On a flight a fellow flight attendant encountered an attempt in the first class bathroom and before realizing she just said, "Sorry, one person in the washroom at a time." They just shrugged and went back to their seats and the man just said, "Oh well, we had last time."
A different flight attendant once discovered two people in the act, gave them a slight scare, then her and the in-charge gave them a bit of a private congratulations afterwards.
8/16) I've only encountered it a few times in my five year career. It was almost always on red eyes or overnights to Europe. We had one on a flight to Rome that was rather interesting. The couple didn't know each other at the start of the flight, and despite being on opposite ends of business class, somehow found a way to be in the same seat mid-flight. They decided to go at it sans-blanket, at which point we had to ask them to separate for the rest of the flight.
On a different flight, I had a couple ask if they could stand in the galley for a few minutes to stretch their legs. They were very polite, and I said sure and went back to reading my book. I made it halfway down the page, when I heard her moaning, and I turned and looked and the guy had her pinned up against my coffee makers with his hand up her shirt. I promptly told them to remove themselves from the galley and either finish up in the lav, or head back to their seats and keep their hands to themselves. If I can't get it on in my galley, no one can get it on in my galley.
9/16) Flight attendant here!
My old airline was a Delta Connection and we only had Dash-8 planes so I was the only flight attendant on board. One flight while I was picking up trash I saw two gentlemen jerking each other off under one of blankets that we provide on the plane for everyone to use. I didn't say anything because the flight wasn't full and they weren't being obnoxious. At the end of the flight I see them fold up that same blanket and as they went to put it back in the overhead bin I hollered out, "Nope! That blanket is yours now! We don't want it." Needless to say they hurried off the plane when we landed.
Also never use a blanket that didn't come packaged.
10/16) One of my teachers in high school was a flight attendant. She told me one time, when she was passing out a post meal snack, a couple were on the ground and had constructed a fort to fuck in (blanket across the seats and pillows to block the view) and she said she just threw some peanuts into their fort and kept walking.
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11/16) Flight attendant here.
Ok so yes, 95% the time it's very obvious (I mean come on, sex in a public plane?!). On large commercial planes it can go unnoticed, but as soon as people take their time in the toilets it can become a security hazard so we then watch out for those people and it soon becomes obvious what they've been up to.
12/16) I have a friend who lost his virginity on an airplane. Came out and flight attendants were somewhere between a smirk and a glare. Consistently one of the coolest dudes I know.
13/16) I'm not a flight attendant, but when I see an opportunity to save $40 on the end row, I take it. This has given me exactly one confirmed sighting of a mile high club attempt.
It was on a damn big plane, but it was a red-eye so most people were trying to sleep. I was one of those people. I was awoken from my light slumber to the sound of screeching metal. It was two rather large (and likely drunk) travelers trying to quietly sneak into the bathroom together. The tiny folding door gave them a fair bit of trouble, but eventually they made it in.
About a minute later, the flight attendant (whom they had patiently waited to leave the back of the plane) returned to her little end chair and buckled in. I chuckled to myself and waited for the inevitable confrontation.
About thirty seconds later--much earlier than I was expecting--the metal door flew open and the woman tumbled out of the tiny bathroom. At this point the flight attendant hadn't even seen the woman's partner yet, but was still completely taken aback by such an abrupt and startling exit. Seeing her reaction, the woman was quick to reassure her with some carefully thought out words. "Sorry" she said announced, "he couldn't get it up". With that, she spun around and returned to her seat.
The man, whom again was still in the bathroom, hesitated to slowly inch his head out of the doorway like a skeptical turtle. He eventually gathered himself enough to fully exit the bathroom and finally address the fight attendant with a hardy nod. It was one of the most awkward things I've ever seen, it was the kind of nod you would do if you were tipping your hat to someone but he wasn't wearing a hat.
14/16) On a flight to Switzerland a couple of years ago, there was a couple who "mile-high clubbed" a couple of times over the course of the flight.
The final time was right before breakfast was being served, and the flight attendant had everyone on the plane give them a round of applause for being the most consistent passengers she had ever seen.
15/16) Used to work for Comair, and two of my co-workers and I were had the day off and flew from Dayton to Boston then Toronto then LaGuardia and then back to Dayton. On the return trip to Dayton I noticed the female co-worker was giving the male co-worker a nice little hand job under a blanket. Needless to say at that point in the trip I figured out what it feels like to be a third wheel.
16/16) Once time on a DC10 flight, our crew noticed what was going on in the business class bathroom. We grabbed a bottle of champagne and about five of us stood outside and waited.
When they came out, we cheered and clapped and drew quite a bit of attention to them. They were Brits, so...a bit embarrassed. Popped champagne, handed them a couple of glasses and warned them to bathe in bleach when they got home.
Screwing in an airplane lav is one of the LEAST sexy things you can do in life. Subway floors are likely cleaner. Small target area, turbulence, quick turn arounds? Ugh. The cockpit on the other hand...or a privately owned/maintained plane...different story altogether.