Joining the Mile-High Club

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You're about to board a flight together and someone makes a joke about whether you'll be joining the Mile-High Club. Perhaps it's accompanied by a leer. Don't know what they are referring to and think it sounds kind of sexy? Find out here.

First of all, the Mile-High Club is not an official club. There are no dues and the only meetings that take place are those between you and a willing partner after the plane ascends to at least 5,280 feet in the air.

Originally a joke between flight attendants and pilots who observed, and perhaps participated in airborne hanky-panky, the Mile-High Club now refers to anyone who has had consensual sexual intercourse in an airplane.

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Where Can You Join the Mile-High Club?

Couples determined to achieve membership in the Mile-High Club have several options. Some have been known to repair to the plane's lavatory, or dive under seat blankets, or even rendezvous in an unattended galley late at night during long flights while the other passengers are sleeping.

Does that appeal to you? Obviously, any couple intent on joining the club should observe all safety precautions, obey the seatbelt light, and follow crew instructions before considering soaring into ecstasy. And be considerate if you can't be quick if you choose the lav for your loving; other passengers are likely to have urgent needs for the shared bathroom.

Couples who insist on privacy for their initiation in the Mile High Club may be able to hire an independent pilot of a small plane (where the cockpit is separate from the cabin) to fly them around mile-high for a short period for around a thousand dollars. One company in Las Vegas actually sells it as a romantic flight, offering the option of adding to the experience limousine rides to/from the airport, a dozen roses, a box of chocolates, and a bottle of champagne for a fee. In addition, you get "official" cards to carry that confirm you're a member of the Mile-High Club.

The classiest way to become members of the Mile-High Club is to buy adjacent first-class seats on a top-rated international airline (think non-US) for a long overnight flight. The best airlines have private "rooms" in first class with privacy drapes or even doors. Change into the airline-supplied jammies (wearing something sexy and skimpy underneath) and meet up at the pre-appointed time. Then revel in each other for the next few hours to your heart's content. 

How Many Members Does the Mile-High Club Have?

One source reports that 15 percent of travelers have participated in the club. Another claims that 13 million people have done it aloft. And a third reports that 4 percent of Americans say they've joined the club — while 25 percent want to

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Drawbacks to Joining the Mile-High Club

Not every member of a couple desires to join the club. Some think it's downright tacky. Others admit that it simply would be uncomfortable to have sex in a bathroom or adjoining airplane seats.

There's always the risk you can be discovered; flight attendants who have been alerted to the activity have been known to unlock the lavatory door and let the lovers tumble out.

Primarily, though, couples agree that airplane bathrooms are too small and dirty.

When It's a Club You Don't Want to Be a Member of

Women traveling alone may find themselves the victim of unwanted sexual advances. These range from unsolicited sexual suggestions to deliberate touching by a seat mate to sexual assault on long-haul flights. No one should never put up with such behavior.

If you are sexually harassed on a plane, immediately summon a crew member and explain the situation in detail. The crew is trained to deal with such situations and common practice is to separate the individuals. If you are in a premium cabin, the offender, rather than you, should be moved to a coach seat if another premium seat is unavailable.

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