Look Around, Flights Becoming Hotspot For Romantic Connections


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Look Around, Flights Becoming Hotspot For Romantic Connections

By Daniel Baxter

February 13, 2011 - The aviation industry has long used the frisson of flirtation to sell flights, beginning with strict ‘glamour’ criteria for cabin crew on the first commercial flights and continuing through to recent sexy advertising campaigns from airlines such as Virgin.  

Now a survey from flights comparison site Skyscanner has revealed our romantic associations with flying are still going strong with the trend for “flirting”, the practice of passengers flirting whilst flying.  

The survey of over 1,000 travelers revealed that 45% of passengers admitted to flirting while on board a flight, with a third leading to a date following the flight, and 8% of them resulting in a relationship.

“More and more people are now travelling by air so it’s no surprise that flights have become a place to flirt. After all, you are sitting next to someone for an hour or more, and the fact that you’re both travelling to the same place means you already have something in common, Karin Noble an employee from Skyscanner and a former cabin crew member.  

Add this to the heightened effect that alcohol can have at altitude and the more relaxed ‘holiday mood’ that many travelers feel, and it tends to give people the courage to flirt with a fellow passenger or even take things further, especially on long haul routes such as flights to Australia.”  

More shockingly, for a small minority the flirtations may actually lead to membership of the infamous Mile High Club. The Mile High Club (or MHC) is a slang term applied collectively to individuals who have sex while on board an aircraft in flight. There is no known formally constituted club so named. However, since "membership" of the "club" is really a matter of an individual asserting they have qualified, the qualifications for membership are open to some interpretation.  

One explanation for the club's allure is the vibration of the plane, which may make arousal easier. Others say they have fantasies about pilots or flight attendants, or a fetish about planes themselves. For many others, perhaps the majority, the appeal of joining the MHC is the thrill of doing something taboo and the thrill of the risk of being discovered.


A separate survey found that 20% of travelers have joined this association and half of these had done so with a stranger they met on a flight. For those that are not members however it certainly still seems to appeal with a massive 95% of those surveyed admitting they would like to join the Mile High Club, while a Valentine’s Day survey showed that 6% of men claim this was their ideal gift.  

However, a UK firm offering ‘Mile High’ flights was recently shut down by the CAA after just two years of operation, as they weren’t satisfied that on board safety criteria were being met, and feared the in-flight action could be ‘too distracting’ for pilots.

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