(as Nicholas Sarkozy, President of France
): 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.
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
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.
May involve a Sexy Stewardess
Anime and Manga
- In Vassalord, Rayflo and Charley do the vampiric equivalent of this — no sex, but lots of very suggestive blood-sucking and groping.
- 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).
- In the Steven Universe fanfic Aerial Choreography, Steven and Amethyst play with this trope without a plane. While they don't actually have sex, their hormones from passionately kissing each other become powerful enough to start a FOREST FIRE.
- 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 women's screams, the elder female flight attendant muses this guy is good. When the screams stop suddenly (they couple has now died), she changes it to "Maybe not that good."
- James Bond. We've never actually seen him do it on a plane onscreen, but he probably became a member the first time he got on a plane after puberty.
- 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.
(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 in the act by a mad pilot in a P-40 Warhawk who thinks they're Japs.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- The 2009-10 V 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."
- 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:
"Lord Cholmondely has given two guineas to Lord Derby, to receive 500 guineas whenever his lordship 'plays hospitals' with a woman in a balloon 1,000 yards from the Earth." For "plays hospitals with
" I think you can insert your own
- 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.
- 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."
- 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...
- 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."
- 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. They were piloting the plane at the time. Needless to say, they got Darwin Awards.
- 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.