"Sorry we're late, your Majesty, Carla and I were stacking over Gatwick — I had to come around three times before I'd made my final approach!"Maybe it's the lower air pressure. Maybe it's travelling at 500 mph. Maybe it's just a desire to do what few people have ever done. The complimentary wine probably plays a part. It's unclear, but sometimes people just like to have sex on aircraft. Usually in the toilet, which is not exactly the most romantic location on the planet (nor spacious on most airplanes), but is one of the few private places. Occasionally, however, the more bold will attempt it at their seats. The Other Wiki has an article on this. It is worth noting that the airline company will probably sue you, since it's of questionable legality. There are, however, dedicated companies for this sort of thing (however, despite the name of the Trope, there is no actual "club" of this name). Realistically, given the layout of most modern-day airplanes, unless it is very late at night and everyone is asleep and no attendants are looking, it's difficult for two individuals to enter the same washroom at the same time without being noticed, much less exiting when the odds of someone waiting to go in is very high. For the stage beyond the Mile High Club, see Zero-G Spot. Compare Three-Way Sex in terms of sexual rubicons all men are supposed to aspire to. There is also the 'Metre High Club' for people who have had sex on trains; with sleeper services this is a lot more practical and legal, but also common place in the days of 'closed compartment' trains. May involve a Sexy Stewardess.
— Hugh Dennis (as Nicholas Sarkozy, President of France), Mock the Week
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Anime & Manga
- Ron White joked that instead of the "Mile High Club", he's a member of the "Mile Ahead Club", which is where you do it behind a Cracker Barrel billboard.
- Ellen DeGeneres joked that she doesn't get people who do this, since "there's hardly enough room to have sex by yourself in an airplane bathroom."
- Done without a plane by Wonder Woman and Superman, in Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Strikes Again. Superman does her so hard he rams her into the ground causing massive planet-wide Earthquakes, with the act of him climaxing actually causing the 6 sextillion ton planet Earth TO MOVE.
Wonder Woman: Mr. Kent, you could populate a planet!
- Two passengers joining the Mile High Club has unexpected consequences for a flight in the XXXenophile story "Hoisters".
- Miracle Man has some planeless flying sex.
- Ramba has anonymous sex with a stranger in an aeroplane bathroom in "A Perfect Hit".
- In season eight of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy and Angel fly around having lots of sex after getting super powers.
- Cherry Comics: Cherry has sex in a hot air balloon in one story.
- Jack has sex with three different stewardesses during a flight to Japan in Fairest #8.
- In Excalibur, Kitty Pryde and Pete Wisdom first have sex for the first time in the Midnight Runner after blowing up the Dream Nails station.
- Red One has the titular Russian female superspy grab a random nerdy guy for some relief during a long flight to America.
- From Avatar: The Abridged Series: In Episode 11, Sokka is implied to have done this with Yue. On Appa.
- In Weekend at Hisao's, Hisao and Shizune, flying back from Lilly's wedding, have sex in the on-board lavatory. Hisao complains that it's too cramped to enjoy himself, and they get caught by the stewardess.
- Discussed in many adult-themed MLPFIM fics. While using clouds is a common practice among pegasi, actually doing it in flight is usually ridiculed - since in fanon pegasi wings are susceptible to Something Else Also Rises, it quickly becomes impossible to fly properly.
- In The Prayer Warriors, this is averted when Draco and Ginny get on a plane, but mainly because they aren't married yet. (Draco's previous marriage to Ebony got retconned).
Films — Live-Action
- The stoner couple in Snakes on a Plane, who of course die for their drug-abusing, sex-having ways. Also played for some lovely Black Comedy: the flight attendants arrive after the couple has been bitten by the snakes, and having screams and bodies thumping against the wall, assume the couple is still having sex. Listening to the woman's screams, the elder female flight attendant muses this guy is good. When the screams stop suddenly (the couple has now died), she changes it to "Maybe not that good."
- Airplane II: The Sequel. A woman seduces a man by saying she doesn't want to die a virgin. Later, she tries the same trick again with another man, and a number of men are shown lined up waiting to have sex with her. At one point, she does the same thing with a donkey.
- Red Eye. While Rippner locks himself and Lisa in the bathroom and gives her a smackdown, the flight attendants assume that they're having sex. In fact, the sexual subtext makes the scene all the more disturbing. Though he walks out of there perfectly composed and smug, she's terrified and nearly in tears—and it's only made more creepy when you find out that Lisa was raped by a Knife Nut like Jackson before the two even met.
- Puma Man and his Satellite Love Interest.
Crow: (to the tune of the BGM) Now, get going, to boff in the air!
- Implied at the end of Eurotrip.
- 1941. Ice Queen Donna Stratton turns into a raging nymphomaniac whenever she gets into the air. Knowing this, Handsome Lech Captain Loomis Birkhead is willing to risk death (he flunked flying school) to get her up in an aircraft. Just as he's finally mastered the plane (and her) they're interrupted by the guns of a pilot in a P-40 Warhawk who thinks they're from the Japanese army.
- Frequent-flyers Ryan and Alex compare Mile High Club notes in Up in the Air.
- The film Nothing in Common starts with Tom Hanks' character engaged in this with a flight attendant.
- Jacqueline Bisset picks up a guy and gets it on with him in a plane lavatory (while the plane is coming in for a landing) in her 1981 movie Rich And Famous.
- In Bridesmaids, Megan attempts to seduce a man (whom she thinks is an undercover air marshal) into doing this. He declines. Presumably because it turns out he really is an air marshal.
- In the obscure mid-1980's softcore movie Love Circles Around The World, a pilot has sex with a stewardess in the cockpit in the middle of a flight. The couple joggles various instruments, causing the plane to bounce around alarmingly, and the stewardess hits the intercom switch with her high heel at a crucial moment, causing the sounds of the proceedings to be broadcast into the passenger cabin.
- James convinces a stewardess into doing this in Rush, but in this case it's less about fanservice and more about showing James's increasing restlessness and frustration with life, given it happens in the middle of (at the time) a bad racing season for him and right after his very public divorce in which his wife left him for Richard Burton.
- In Beyond The Lights, after Kaz reveals to Noni that he doesn't like flying and has never flown on a plane, she blindfolds and puts headphones on him. She then brings him on her private jet and starts to have sex with him when he removes the blindfold and the headphones and rightfully begins to freak out.
- In Emmanuelle, the titular character joins the club during her flight to Thailand because it's a long flight and she's too restless to sleep. In fact, she does it twice in the space of five minutes: once in the traditional way - in the lavatory - and once actually in her seat (which turns on an onlooker, leading to the lavatory rendezvous).
- In Vegas Vacation, Clark Griswold convinces his wife to join him in the lavatory during their flight to Vegas. It all goes wrong, and Clark gets his forearm lodged in the toilet.
- Oddly enough, this is one club that James Bond hasn't managed to join. Spaceship, yes. Train, multiple times... but not a plane, though he seems to be coming (no pun intended) pretty close in the opening sequence of Moonraker.
- So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish's Arthur and Fenchurch, sans plane.
- In Island of the Sequined Love Nun, Tucker Case crashes a plane he's piloting while having sex and gets blacklisted from flying in the United States.
- One of the subplots in Small World by David Lodge involves the ridiculously competitive Howard Ringbaum trying to convince his wife Thelma to have sex with him on an aeroplane so he can join the Mile High Club, apparently labouring under the misapprehension that the Mile High Club is an actual organisation.
- The Mile High Club, a short story by Rich Hall, in which Wayman Barksdale, after being lured into an aeroplane bathroom for a tryst with a stewardess, finds out that there really is a Mile High Club when they start pressuring him to pay a membership fee.
- The Martian. When it's discovered that two astronauts on an expedition to Mars have started a sexual relationship, another astronaut congratulates them on having joined the "Million Mile High Club".
- In Night Probe a major character and his mistress boff while in a small private plane. During this, the mistress wonders if the fact that the plane is circling around on auto-pilot with nobody at the controls means that they're in violation of some aviation reg.
- CSI's Sara Sidle. She claimed the experience is overrated, as was her partner.
- Brothers and Sisters' Robert and Kitty McAllister. They had a private aircraft and the entire cabin for it.
- 24: A terrorist known only as "Mandy" and a soon to be deceased reporter.
- Just Shoot Me!: Jack Gallo. Member since 1963.
- Joked about in Spin City, where Mike and Caitlin simply talk in the airplane's bathroom. When they leave, the other passengers assume they have joined the mile high club, and the men proceed to give Mike high fives.
- Friends. Monica and Chandler plan to meet in the bathroom on their flight back to New York from London, but Joey thwarts them by striking up a conversation with Chandler.
- V (2009): In "We Can't Win" (s01e08). Actually in space, but with gravity.
- A Leverage episode entitled The Mile High Job averts this. No sex on a plane, although there were plenty of other shenanigans.
- Danny Blue from Hustle with two airline stewardesses. In "Gold Mine" he makes a remark about a soap dispenser almost putting out a stewardess's eye.
- Drs. Rodney McKay and Jennifer Keller are implied to have joined in a private jet at the end of the Stargate Atlantis episode "Brain Storm." Possibly, she does it to get Rodney to shut up about being upstaged by another scientist.
- Married... with Children. In "The Mystery of Skull Island", while skydiving, Bud's date Kara has sex with Biff the skydiving instructor after Bud's pushed out of the plane.
- The MTV show Fur TV had the Handsome Lech (well, a sock puppet, but all the ladies treat him as such) propose this to whomever happens to have a hundred million dollars. "A plane filled with woman catering to your every need, 30,000 feet above any legal restrictions. I call it 'The Flying Fuck'."
- It is reported in Red Dwarf that an alternative, wealthy version of Dave Lister would meet his end at the age of 98 in a plane crash... caused by him losing control of the plane while having sex with his fourteenth wife.
- This might result in death, as shown in 1000 Ways To Die. The couple are having sex in the airplane lavatory until heavy turbulence tosses them in the confined space, cracking their skulls and killing them both.
- Banacek and his Girl of the Week in "A Million the Hard Way". Even referenced by name.
- Referred to in an episode of Frasier: When Niles was young he went to Paris, and a woman on the plane asked if he'd like to join the Mile-High Club. He didn't want to admit he was unfamiliar with the term, so he said he didn't fly often enough for that to be worthwhile.
- Harvey Specter and Dana Scott in Suits.
- In one episode of Cheers Carla claimed she did this with Nick on their honeymoon; unfortunately, the plane experienced some rather heavy turbulence when they did, and it scared her to death, giving her a rather bad fear of flying from then on.
- In the course of Luke and Laura's adventure packed return to General Hospital, the two stole a private jet to make their way to Port Charles. Aroused by all the excitement, Luke promptly turned on the automatic pilot and seduced Laura in the back of the plane.
- On QI, Stephen Fry briefly discussed this trope, and showed it to be Older Than Radio, relating the following entry from an eighteenth-century wager book:
- On Mad Men, Pete Campbell and his girlfriend Bonnie do this at the beginning of Season 7's "The Strategy," on the flight from California to New York.
- Discussed in an episode of NCIS. A murder is committed on an airplane and Tony is showing the corpse to Ducky via webcam while jokingly asking if this qualifies them for the club. Ducky then speculates on whether or not Tony's already a member.
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Frank, apparently unaware of this trope. wants to become the first ever member of the "Air Sex Society."
- Discussed in an episode of The Friday Night Project sketch show. In an audience Q&A, a flight attendant asks special guests Girls Aloud if they've ever done it. They denied it, finding the idea strange, questioning why anyone would have sex inside a small bathroom on a plane.
- Discussed in an episode of Orphan Black. When Donnie and Alison have phone sex (Donnie needed to give a sperm sample while infiltrating the Bright Born clinic), they play out a fantasy of Donnie joining the Mile-High Club with an Italian Sexy Stewardess. Their dialogue indicates that this is not the first time they've done this fantasy.
- Alias had this as a perk for the SD-6 operative in charge of their airborne computer network. For security reasons, his jet was constantly kept in the air except for refueling stops; his compensation for staying on board 24-7 was a constant supply of hookers. Sydney poses as one to infiltrate the plane and disrupt the network, leading to the downfall of SD-6.
- Nickelback's song Rock Star.
- Edguy's hilarious "Lavatory Love Machine."
- From the song "Do Bears" by Rowan Atkinson and Kate Bush (originally performed at Comic Relief 1986 and later included on one of the Not the Nine O'Clock News albums):
- International Lover, the final track on Prince's 1999 album.
- A weird example in Metal Gear Solid 4 has Naomi and Otacon having sex, in a stationary helicopter, inside a flying plane. Er?
- Just Cause 2 has a literal mile high club: an aircraft carrier supported by two blimps with dancing girls and evil bartenders.
- The main character of the eroge Monmusu Quest can meet his demise from being raped while flying over the ocean. In the Game Over scene, the narrator asks him if it was worth joining the "exclusive club".
- Alter Ego has this crop up late in life, sometimes, where your significant other has a pilot's license and private plane.
- An achievement for beating the Bonus Level of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on the highest difficulty references the practice by being named this. The level actually consists of quickly assaulting the enemies inside an airplane and rescuing a hostage in a game with pretty much no other mentions of sexuality, which makes the barely-connected name rather Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Ray from Achewood briefly ran such a business.
- In one comic of Concession Angie and Rick tried to have sex in an airplane bathroom, but found it a bit too cramped.
- Out There: Implied, subtly, here.
- Crops up a couple of times in Ménage à 3:
- In a guest strip (August 2 2010, between #333 and #334, NSFW), Dillon claims to have joined it ... in the cockpit.
- Senna and Gary have sex on a private jet en route to Paris (Strip #780, August 20th 2013, NSFW funnily enough). Gary asks if they've joined the club; the answer would be "yes". Although they're eventually interrupted, penetration had occurred, and although the aircraft is on its landing approach by then, they must have been at least a mile high when they started.
- Quantum Vibe: while riding a Space Elevator Bobinardi asks a female subordinate if she's considered joining the "thousand mile high club"
- In Queen of Wands, Kestrel, Felix and Shannon are getting on a plane, and Felix makes a joke about him and Shannon planning to join the Mile High Club. Kestrel notes that they live in Denver ("the Mile-High City"), so they're already in the club. In The Rant, the author notes that she heard this joke a lot back when she lived in Denver herself.
- In the episode of Family Guy where Lois becomes a flight attendant, Peter tries to convince her to join the Mile High Club. She refuses, but they get stuck in the cramped bathroom together, and as they struggle to get out...
Peter: Well, at least one of us is in the Mile High Club!
- In a Halloween episode of the The Simpsons, Kang and Kodos select Marge for their "cross-breeding program".
"To put you at ease, we have recreated the most common spawning locations of your species. You may choose either: the back seat of a Camaro, an airplane bathroom, a friend's wedding, or the alley behind a porno theatre."
- In an episode of American Dad!, Stan and Francine are having sex in a bunch of different places. There's a shot of a locked bathroom door when the camera zooms out to reveal the line of people, then zooms out to show the airplane, then zooms out to show Stan looking at the plane from his bedroom.
- There is a Fun T-Shirt that said "Million Mile High Club" and had a picture of astronauts having sex. It should be pointed out that the "highest" any astronaut has flown is roughly 300,000 miles, the distance to the Moon, and no woman has left Low Earth Orbit (700 miles), but "Three-Hundred-Thousand Mile High Club" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
- A couple once decided to do this, while on a small recreational plane. Since they were the only ones in the plane at the time at the time, this resulted in a Darwin Award for both of them.
- Shortly after Singapore Airlines introduced the closed first class suites on their new Airbus A380s, they were soon telling people not to do this on their aircraft to respect the other passengers, since the first class suites are not soundproof. Etihad may well go the same way with their A380s.