While joining the Mile High Club is not technically illegal, there are possible consequences.
There are Mile High Club stories for as long as there have been airplanes, or at least, it feels that way.
With so much information circulating on the internet on “how to” join in, it is clear, people are intrigued by the Mile High Club, even if they are still open. But what are the rules for the airlines? How much effort would you put in? Although it may sound fun and exciting, no one wants to be arrested for getting busy in an airplane.
When it comes to the consequences for the accession to the club, reports are thoroughly mixed. Just this past March, two strangers met on a Virgin Atlantic flight, only to hook in the bathroom in mid-air. The couple later got in a fight back in their chairs. Upon arrival at their destination, the female passenger was detained for themselves, “in a violent and threatening manner that disturbed the flight.”
Norm Pattis, a criminal lawyer, told Travel + Leisure that a ban on passengers for unsavory behavior is within the airlines rights. “Airlines can prohibit people from using their services as long as they don’t discriminate for illegal reasons, such as age, gender, or disability,” he said. “If you’re a victim of the airline coitus interruptus, the airline may give you a notice not to return. Most courts would enforce the ban.”
Clemens Sehi, a travel writer and creative director at Travellers Archive, brings 2015 story, where a flight attendant was charging a fee for the access to the Mile High Club. They wound up making almost $ 2,400 per flight by charging for sexual services. After the discovery, she was dismissed from her obligations. This is of course an extreme case.
Christy* (not her real name), one of the current full-time flight attendant for a major U.S. airline tells T+L they have not received any specific training. “I honestly don’t think our society has specific guidelines on this point. It is more of a, ‘If you see it, stop,” kind of policy,” she said. “Of course, such as flight attendants, we have the power of the police to the plane. If the indecent exposure, you can get a fine. But I do not believe that the airline fines passengers for getting freaky in the toilets.”
Is this something flight attendants are taught to look forward to as part of the general practice? By all accounts, the answer seems to be: “No.”
Brian Palmer addressed these issues in a 2011 Slate article: “Apparently, the problem is not directly at issue in the flight attendant school, but the clerks in the general ‘knock, ask politely, and barge in if necessary.'” Certainly for a number of passengers, this kind of light recognition almost feels like an invitation to press your luck.
Here is the bottom line: When it comes to the Mile High Club, if you are doing it in the bathroom, you probably can’t get in a serious problems. You might be forbidden by the airline, perhaps, but even that is pretty unlikely.
While nearly every airline we reached declined to comment, American Airlines responded to our question, adding a little color to this particularly shady story. Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American Airlines said: “The only club of the American recommend is the Admirals Club.”
Sehi says that there is no official consequences, only general practices to each airline’s discretion. “It is interesting that you don’t really expect real consequences, except a warning, and evil looks. While Lufthansa does not exclude that the sexual acts of the passengers to be reported, because the violation of the morals, Singapore Airlines does it differently. As co-passengers feel disturbed, flight attendants simply offer a drink to the troublemakers to get them out of the toilet.”
T+L reached Lufthansa for comment, but received no reply.
Although attempting to become a member of the club in the toilet, it is unlikely that the country will end up in jail, there could be serious legal consequences, you should try everything out in the open. Pattis told T+L with the plane sex can be considered a felony offense, but only if you are caught doing so in public, as in, in your chair, in front of other people. “You must be caught in the act on the making of a convincing criminal prosecution.”
Our main question after all this is How two people fit in an airplane toilet? Christy thinks that the small bathroom on the planes are no coincidence. “A senior flight attendant told me that in the old days, when the aircraft toilets were much larger, it was a very common thing. Shrinkage toilets might be a reason that we are not so much more.”
As far as we can gather from recent news reports, small bathrooms are not going to stop people from trying. If you are looking to get in a plane, do it in the bathroom and prepare yourself for the potential embarrassment and a strained back).
This article originally appeared on the Travel + Leisure.