Mile High Club Stories Told By Risky Travelers

Shannon Quinn - June 16, 2021
This couple messed around next to a sleeping man. Credit: Shutterstock

32. Happy Birthday

This reddit user has deleted their account. It reminds me of the story from earlier, only from the other person’s perspective. I wonder if the guy was just pretending to be asleep! “Was flying back to the States from London. I had the window seat, cute girl was sitting in the middle, and we had a really fat guy in the aisle seat (originally I was supposed to be in the aisle seat but I swapped with him because he apparently needed the leg room). The girl and I had a lot of wine and we were talking a lot about the movies we were watching. We ended up getting really snuggly under my jacket and our blankets. “

“So anyway, I had a birthday on the flight, and made note of it when the clock hit midnight where we were flying. So she decided she was going to give me a little birthday present and she kissed me. Kissing quickly moved into other things (The guy on the aisle had fallen asleep by now, and he provided ample cover for our activities). We were able to basically shield ourselves from prying eyes with my jacket and it just looked like she had her head in my lap, napping.”

This person witnessed a couple get arrested because they got “busy” on the plane. Credit: Shutterstock

31. Arrested Upon Arrival

This next story comes from a Reddit user called oddtruth. In a lot of these stories, people seem to play it off like everything was fine. But in this story, you see how you can get in real legal trouble if you try to join the mile high club.  “I was on a red-eye flight from Sacramento to NYC and it was somewhat empty. There was an old man sitting next to me and a couple in the row in front of mine. As I was falling asleep, I noticed that the woman in the front was resting her head on the guy’s lap. I wake up a few minutes later to the flight attendant scolding the couple in front, telling them that ‘no, do not do that’. 

“Kind of suspected what was going on, but I didn’t really care. I was too tired to think about this further. So I tried to go back to sleep when a head pillow fell in between the couple’s seat and the floor of my row. I paid no attention, and went back to sleep. I wake up to the flight attendant scolding them even louder, telling the couple that they were disgusting and should be ashamed of themselves. A few hours later, we land in JFK, and we are told the Federal Marshals need to come on board. Two feds come and escort the couple away. The old man sitting next to me tells the flight attendant that the couple had left a pillow and she told him that he better not touch it. I think they were banned from the airline, but I am not sure.”

If you ask nicely, your flight attendant may allow you to join the club. Credit: Shutterstock

30. Sometimes, All You Need to Do is Ask

During the previous entry, we saw how two people were arrested when they arrived at their destination, because they were trying to join the mile high club. In the past, I’ve seen news coverage of similar stories. Basically, it seems to be a matter of how cool the flight attendants are. Some will ignore what you’re doing, while others will have your arrested. In this next story, the user named CHarleq did something no one seems to think of. He just asked permission to join the mile high club. That’s actually genius! It totally eliminates any of the thrill of the risk, though.

“I took the easy way out. I was with my girlfriend on a long flight. She was game for it, so I went up and asked the flight attendant if she would mind if we used the bathroom together. She said sure, just try not to be too long. And off we went.”

Just because you have a blanket on your lap doesn’t mean people won’t notice when your hands go under it. Credit: Shutterstock

29. Throw the Book at Him

A reddit user by the name of virginiadi**y tells a story on behalf of his friend, who stopped a man from jerking off on the plane. Honestly, I’m not sure if I would have the courage to literally throw a book at someone, like this guy did.

“Former Air Marshal here. I never saw anyone join the Mile High Club but my buddy Chuck caught someone by themselves. Chuck is just sitting there watching a movie and he notices the guy next to him put his hand under his blanket. He doesn’t think anything of it. Next thing he knows the guy starts moving. Most people would just pretend it wasn’t happening but Chuck is someone with no concern for social graces. He hit the guy with his book and loudly said: “what the heck are you doing?”

The flight attendant was worried when she found something white and sticky on the window. Credit: Shutterstock

28. Thank God It Was Just Gum

A flight attendant who goes by the username Rangarig93 tells the story of her first time witnessing the mile high club. “I’m a flight attendant. Couple gets on the plane in high spirits and make themselves comfortable in the last row of the plane where our galley is. Myself and the other FA dont think much about it and go about our business. After service is done we stow the carts and I notice that there was a jacket covering the guy, and the lady was half under it. He was in the aisle seat and she was by the window, should point out now this was not a full flight.”

“I’m tapping the other FA on the shoulder and whisper ‘Is this really happening??’ The lady’s hands were clearly in his pants and the guy reclined his chair all the way to enjoy what was happening. We had thought about getting them to stop but were too uncomfortable to start a conversation and they weren’t making, well, any noise, as well as we figured if the guy was gonna nut it was gonna be in his jacket. So, we went back to doing our jobs. Guess what was stuck on the window after the flight. Spoilers, it was gum but the initial scare got us good.”

This man pretended to be disabled to join the mile high club. Credit: Shutterstock

27. Nothing Like Faking a Disability to Get Some

A Reddit user who goes by Nokternus pretended to be disabled just so he and his wife could get frisky multiple times on the same flight. 

“I feigned a disability and my wife accompanied me into the handicapped toilet on the plane 4 times during the 5 hour flight. Each time she apologized and said it would be either very quick or very long. We went in and made out a bit 3 times for never longer than 2 minutes. Then with about an hour to go my wife told the steward, ‘So sorry dear, this is the one, maybe 15 minutes while I help him with his post dinner bowel movement and cleanup.’ So we had the place to ourselves for about 15 minutes and the noise was attributed to my gastric bypass. Best flight ever.”

This guy pretended his girlfriend was sick in order to get in the airplane bathroom with her. Credit: Shutterstock

26. …Or Feigning a Serious Illness

“Years ago myself and my girlfriend at the time took a red eye flight from the southwest to the northeast. Everyone on the plane was asleep. We were supposed to get up and make our move at the time, but then before we knew it, we both fell asleep too. We woke up to the sun rising and half the plane was now awake. But we promised ourselves we were to do it anyway! So she went to the lavatory and stayed there for about 5 minutes. Then I went back there, knocked on the door (yes in front of airline attendants and all). I opened, I said, ‘are you doing okay’ and I just walked in.”

“We did our business, then when I left the bathroom I immediately went to a flight attendant. Of course they gave me a WTF look. However, I simply asked, can I please get a bottle of water? My girlfriend is epileptic and isn’t doing well. They gave me a free bottle of water. Gave it to her. I went and sat back down. She finished up and came back out. Did it all with the plane totally awake.” This story came from a Reddit user named phxme. The biggest issue I have with this story is that if his girlfriend had epilepsy, this is not something she can just go into the bathroom to fix. He seems confident, but I’m pretty sure the flight attendant knew it was a load of BS.

This guy took his girlfriend into a flight simulator in order to pretend he was joining. Credit: Shutterstock

25. The Safest Way to Join the Club

This comes from a user called airplane_underpants. It might not be real, but hey…He’s getting his kicks in a safe way. Honestly, I recommend trying something like this more than I would ever suggest you take the risk of trying to join the mile high club and end up embarrassing yourself in public.

 “I’m part of the simulated mile high club if that counts … Interned for an airline company in college as a flight simulator engineer. Took the girlfriend for a ride. Set the sim environment to night time over new York, autopilot, a little turbulence. It was pretty cool.”

This young couple messed around on a class trip, but it wasn’t actually good. Credit: Shutterstock

24. Not as Fun As You Would Imagine

This story from TheLongAndWindingRd proves that joining the mile high club is actually kind of gross, and not as fun as you would think. “Not sure what type of plane it was but it was an overnight flight from Montreal to Frankfurt and the plane had 2 rows of bathrooms (there must have been 6 bathrooms per side) down a flight of stairs. It was a school trip and the girlfriend and I went down initially to plug in my PSP since there were no working plugs near our seats. I was sitting on the can and she was sitting on my lap and we were literally just hanging out in there chatting and whatnot, no hanky panky. PSP charged up and we were about to leave when we figured ‘why not’ had a quickie, probably the least satisfying one ever, cleaned up and walked out.”

One of the teachers was standing outside waiting to use the toilets and asked what we were doing. I showed him the PSP and charger cable and he bought it, mostly because the plug at his seat wasn’t working either. That was almost 9 years ago, now that I’m a little older I would do things differently if the desire ever came up again, but the first time was so lackluster and underwhelming that I doubt I would make the effort a second time.

This is a disgusting and terrifying reminder of how dirty airplane bathrooms really are. Credit: Shutterstock

23. Everyone’s Worst Nightmare

One of the worst things about the Mile High Club is the fact that those bathrooms are disgusting. This is especially true in the era before everyone started sanitizing surfaces like crazy during the pandemic. In this next story from CanadianDrawl, and it’s truly horrifying.

“I thought I had gotten away with it, and then I was diagnosed with flesh-eating bacteria on my backside shortly after picking up my luggage at the baggage claim. Coach class bathrooms are bacteria buffets.”

This couple was basically rewarded for joining The Mile High Club. Credit: Shutterstock

22. A Badge of Honor

In this story from Absolutkiss, they got two little souvenirs for joining the mile high club.  “Last January, I embarked on a trip to the Bahamas with my girlfriend. We left NYC and had a connecting flight on JetBlue. As I don’t often fly with a significant other, we decided to just go for it! Upon exiting the restroom, I was dismayed to find a line of patrons waiting to use it, some of whom had a knowing smirk on their faces. I felt a little bad; I didn’t know we were making people wait! Anyway, I returned to my seat, feeling proud of myself for entering the famed mile-high club.

Moments later, a male flight attendant reached over the little old lady sitting next to us, with something in his hand. As I took whatever he was handing me, he said, with a twinkle in his eye, ‘Welcome to the club.’ I looked down and two of those wing pins were in my hand.”

Boys will be boys. Credit: Shutterstock

21. Love is Love

So far, this story from Samijowaslike is the only LGBT version of a mile high club story on this list. “Flight attendant here! My old airline was a Delta connection and we only had Dash-8 planes, so I was the only flight attendant on board. One flight, while I was picking up trash, I saw two gentlemen, um, being intimate under one of blankets that we provide on the plane for everyone to use. I didn’t say anything because the flight wasn’t full and they weren’t being obnoxious.”

“At the end of the flight I see them fold up that same blanket and as they went to put it back in the overhead bin I hollered out, ‘Nope! That blanket is yours now! We don’t want it.’ Needless to say they hurried off the plane when we landed. Also never use a blanket that didn’t come packaged.”

JFK Airport in New York City. Credit: Shutterstock

20. Very Specific Details

This Reddit user named Jester41K gives detailed instructions on how to join the mile high club on a very specific flight. This won’t apply to everyone who reads this, since not everyone will fly the same airplanes. If you just so happen to fly on this airplane, you could always take advantage of this too.

“Eight hours into the 13 hour flight from JFK to Dubai. After that much time in the air, the Flight Attendants are taking a break and most of the people are sleeping. The bigger ‘handicapped’ lavatory is up near the flight deck of the A380. She walked into the lavatory and left the door unlocked. I waited a few minutes and then followed her in. After cleaning up, I walked out and she followed a couple minutes after that. The perfect crime.”

This couple tried to join the mile high club, and failed in an epic way. Credit: Shutterstock

19. Never Again

This next story from a Reddit user called underthere is an example of what can go wrong if you try to attempt having intimate relations on an airplane.  “One of the most mortifying moments of my life was getting caught doing this. My girlfriend at the time and I really wanted to try, so we booked seats on a redeye, thinking no-one would pay us any mind. She went into the bathroom, and I joined her a minute later. I go in, but as soon as we get something going we hear BAM BAM BAM.”

“It was the stewardess banging on the door and saying, ‘Come out right now! I know what you two are doing in there!’ We look at each other in horror and I instantly lose my turn-on. So we had to button ourselves up and skulk out to a major stink eye from everyone sitting nearby. Several people were woken up by the stewardess banging on the door and yelling. I had to sit through the rest of the flight with blue balls and extreme shame. The stewardess pointed us out to the captain as we were getting off the flight. I would definitely never try to repeat that again.”

This person claims that they were able to pull off having a threesome on a plane. Credit: Shutterstock

18. How Would They Fit?

This next story from lasiviously is so over-the-top, it’s hard to believe that it’s actually true. “My ex managed to join the club with two people he had met on a plane to Australia. He got escorted off the plane, banned from flying with Delta, interviewed by federal police, then let go. My first question was about how they fit. Apparently international flights often have larger lavatories for those with wheelchairs.”

Even with the larger lavatories, it’s difficult to believe that this story is true, and that not just one- but two people would be willing to go along with this. I’ve had ex boyfriends make up similar stories when I was in my early 20’s. (Because they thought it would impress me? I can’t understand that logic). According to the American Psychological Association, college aged men are very likely to lie about how many partners they have had. So apparently, it’s a common thing.

This is a story about the “love jet”. Credit: Shutterstock

17. If You’re Paying For a Private Jet, Get Your Money’s Worth

In the previous story, I had a hard time believing that anyone had a threesome on a commercial airplane. However, in this next story, there are group… “activities” in a private jet. When you have enough money, you can get away with pretty much anything. Here is the story by mad_eye_maddie

“I worked for a private aviation company. A bunch of men had a *ahem* group experience on one of the private jets. That particular aircraft does have a flight attendant assigned, but the crews will let their clients get away with most things as long as it doesn’t disrupt the safety of the flight. In short, the plane has since been dubbed the Love Jet. It was down for several months getting cleaned and reupholstered. That group of men got the bill.”

This couple paid for a private charter flight just so they could have relations. Credit: Shutterstock

16. Hopefully It Was Worth the Money

This story comes from Shawnmeister, whose friends paid a pretty penny to get a private mile high club experience. “I work for an airline charter company, and I remember a couple in their late 30s who mentioned something about how they’d saved all their money for this ’once in a lifetime experience.’ They chartered an hour’s worth of flight, got in, and had relations as soon as they were ready. Needless to say, this was against charter policy and basic human decency.

“After we landed, I had to call to tell them that they’d have to pay for cleaning. I also asked why they did it in spite of the policy and they said: ‘Joining the mile high club is on our bucket list. We saved our money to cross it off in style.’ The clean-up bill came out to 2 hours worth of chartered flight.”

You have to wonder just how many pilots and flight attendants end up hooking up. Credit: Canva

15. Sometimes, It’s The Other Way Around

In most of these stories so far, we hear stories about passengers who were caught by the airline employees. But in this next story told by a Reddit user called -eDgAR- it was the other way around. “The closest thing to seeing someone trying to get into the mile high club was when I was on a flight where I saw one of the flight attendants with one of the pilots.

“Now, the thing to keep in mind was this was before 9/11, when the cockpit wasn’t kept so securely locked. There was a bit of a bug spreading around the plane, which I was asked to take care of since I was the only doctor on board. I made my way to the cockpit to inform the pilot of the condition of the passengers and as soon as I opened the door, I saw the flight attendant being intimate with the pilot.”

This flight attendant regularly pranks people who try to join the mile high club. Credit: Shutterstock

14. Pranks Abound

This story by tre11is is one of my favorites on this entire list. Sometimes, a flight attendant won’t need to say a single word, but she can find a way to embarrass the couple who is trying to join the mile high club. Even if you don’t get in trouble, you may end up humiliated anyway.

“I dated a flight attendant for a while. She said that what they would sometimes do is just unlock the door from the outside and walk away. The couple would then often knock the door open and fall out.”

This man was stuck without his pants. Credit: Shutterstock

13. Try Explaining This One to the Taxi Driver

This story from PalmTreeGirl is yet another hilarious example of how flight attendants can mess with people. Don’t try to attempt the mile high club, because you just might end up losing your favorite pair of pants. I wonder what happened to this guy after he had to walk outside. 

“My friend is a flight attendant. She saw a couple that had a blanket spread out over the two of them while sitting in their seats. The man’s pants were completely off and stuffed under his seat. It was a night flight and the lights were off. So she sat in the seat behind him and pulled the pants out from under the seat. The guy had to walk off the flight with the blanket wrapped around his waist. She was laughing so hard telling me this story that she almost couldn’t even get it out.”

This married couple pretends to have medical issues in order to get kinky on the plane. Credit: Shutterstock

12. Again, Lying About Your Medical Condition Seems to Do The Trick

This story by BabyHooey seems to be a sure-fire way to get away with the mile high club every single time you fly…If that’s really your thing. 

“Imagine having to explain this to a flight attendant before the plane takes off, every single time you fly: ‘Before we get underway, I just want you to know that I have a serious medical condition. In the event that I have to excuse myself to the restroom, I will absolutely need my wife’s help, which itself is humiliating enough. But I’m letting you know ahead of time to avoid a repeat of the last time I was on an airplane, where the flight attendant completely humiliated us in front of everyone because she assumed we must be getting intimate in the airplane bathroom. Do you understand? Yes? Could you please discreetly pass this along to the other flight attendants? Thank you.’ By giving that explanation beforehand, my wife and I have had no problems being intimate in airplanes four times in a row now.”

If couples are being very lovey-dovey on the flight, it’s a sign they are going to escalate. Credit: Shutterstock

11. Not Even a Little Bit Subtle

A Reddit user named liinked worked as a flight attendant. She told the story of a couple she stopped from joining the mile high club. Personally, I think that at this point, there were too many witnesses. It was incredibly reckless for this couple to even try going through with it.  “On a late night flight, I was sitting in the back galley half asleep when I noticed two of the passengers kissing. I think nothing of it, because people lose all boundaries on planes and I started setting up the service trolley. As soon as the seatbelt sign goes off, the lady gets up and goes to the bathroom. Nothing strange there…”

“But after a few minutes, a line starts to form of people waiting to use the bathroom, until the gentleman pushes his way to the front of the line. He starts trying to open the lock. I leapt up, knocked his hand away and told him to sit down. He turned to me with the saddest expression I have ever seen and just said, ‘But, I need to finish with her!’ I almost couldn’t stop myself from trying to hold in a laugh. Needless to say, we kept a keen eye on him for the rest of the flight and one of my colleagues had a word with the lady.”

This couple was blocked from going all the way. Credit: Shutterstock

10. You Can’t Win Every Time

In this story by ironmaven, it proves that first class fliers don’t get treated much differently than anyone else. They will still get scolded and told not to join the mile high club. “Former flight attendant here. On a flight a fellow flight attendant encountered an attempt in the first class bathroom. Before realizing she just said, ‘Sorry, one person in the washroom at a time.’ They just shrugged and went back to their seats and the man just said, ‘Oh well, we have the last time.’”

“A different flight attendant once discovered two people in the act, gave them a slight scare, then her and the in-charge gave them a bit of a private congratulations afterwards.”

There are usually two pilots in the cockpit at one time. Credit: Shutterstock

9. The Pilot Captain is a True Wing Man

Usually, on a commercial flight, there are two pilots on the plane. In this story by jeepster2982, we learn that these pilots are each other’s true “wing men” in more ways than one.

“When I was a passenger on a rather small plane, I saw the flight attendant knock on the door to the cockpit. The captain came out, and the flight attendant went in and closed the door. The captain stood by the door for about 10 to 15 minutes, mingled with passengers, etc., then picked up some little phone looking thing and talked into it. Out comes the flight attendant, hair all messed up and adjusting her outfit. The cockpit was so tiny I can’t imagine anything too crazy going on.”

This drunk man was over-the-top. Credit: Shutterstock

8. That Escalated Quickly

In this story by a user calling themselves Fattybatman3456, they tell the story of a passenger who was so drunk, he seemed to have an identity crisis. Yet again, it’s an example of how men lie or exaggerate when they’re trying to get some.

“There was this old guy who had a ton of drinks on the plane ride. Then, during a medical emergency claimed he was not only a doctor but also a licensed pilot. After refusing to provide identification proving that he was a doctor, he asked if I was interested in going to the bathroom with him. The answer was no.”

A woman pretended to have a leg injury so that she and her boyfriend could get away with the mile high club. Credit: Shutterstock

7. Apparently, That’s All it Takes

On a lot of the other stories here on this list, people will lie about a medical condition to join their partner in the bathroom. Personally, I think if you’re going to go that route, at least bring some crutches on the plane to make it more convincing. In this next story by DiskoBoss, he and his girlfriend did the next best thing.

“Joining the mile high club was easy. All I did was help my girlfriend fake limp her way to the toilet. I go inside the toilet to assist her and no one looked twice.”

A muslim couple almost got away with it, because of the extra fabric on their clothes. Credit: Shutterstock

6. Sometimes People Surprise You

In this story by a flight attendant called kaiservelo, they almost missed catching a Muslim couple joining the mile high club, because the couple was wearing so many layers of clothing. This might be a secret tip to getting away with this for anyone who’s interested! 

“I once was serving refreshments late at night. Suddenly I was stopped by a gentleman who was very surprised by my presence. Soon, I noticed something was going on under the blanket on his lap. It was pretty shocking cause it was a guy in Kandoora and a lady in Abaya (traditional Muslim attire). But it helped with the camouflage since there were so many layers of clothing around. I just said, ‘guys, please, we are landing soon.’”

This man reached across the aisle to please a lady. Credit: Shutterstock

5. Blatantly Obvious

This next story comes from a flight attendant with the username skelliotredd. This is proof that you really are gambling when it comes to the flight attendant you end up getting in your flight. Clearly, she didn’t care what the passengers were doing.

“I was working a red-eye flight in first class with only 16 people there. The seats have a pretty decent sized gap between them. A couple had been drinking and obviously flirting for some time now. I was done with the service so I was just hanging out in the galley. I took a quick walk through the cabin to see how everyone’s doing, and that’s when I saw the guy reaching over the large armrest in order to make moves. She is clearly enjoying it. I think the worst thing about it was that with the distance between the two seats, it just looked so darn obvious what he was doing. Honestly I didn’t care that much. So I just crept back to my jump seat and continued to watch my Netflix show.

Lawrence Burst Sperry invented the auto pilot, and he used it to his advantage. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

4. The Founding Member of the Mile High Club

Lawrence Burst Sperry was the very first person to create the Mile High Club. When he was just 21 years old in 1914, he invented the self-driving autopilot. He won a $10,000 prize, which would be worth far more today after inflation. Two years later, he gave a flight lesson to a woman named Dorothy Pierce. They turned on the autopilot, and started having coitus on the airplane as it flew over Long Island, New York. The only trouble was that they bumped into the “off” switch, and the plane crashed.

Lawrence and Dorothy survived, with just a few problems…One was that they were totally naked. The other was that Dororthy was married. After they were rescued, the story was front page news. And as you can tell from a few of the other stories on this list, pilots have been carrying the tradition with autopilot ever since.

Gondola wires in Disney. Credit: Shutterstock

3. The Real Reason Why the Gondolas Are Gone

Scientists have tried to figure out why people want to join the mile high club so much. Turns out there are a number of reasons, besides the obvious thrill factor. The higher you go, the thinner the air gets. This can intensify an orgasm. Plus, there is a lot of vibration and excitement running through your body. So if you’re up in the air, you may be feeling frisky. And it turns out that you don’t need to be a literal mile up in the air to feel this urge.

For years, the gondolas in Disney Land brought guests from one side of the park to the other. But then they announced that they would remove them, due to safety reasons. When he was filming the movie Saving Mr. Banks, Tom Hanks learned the real history. Adults used to use the gondolas to assist in love making. It happened so often, that the park owners were afraid that if a child were to ever witness a couple in the act, it could become a huge scandal. So they removed the gondolas completely, and made up an excuse.

A stewardess from Emerates took advantage of men’s fantasies. Credit: Shutterstock

2. A Lucrative Side Hustle

So far on this list, we have had a few stories where people managed to hook up with an airline stewardess. Apparently, it’s a fantasy that a lot of men have. One stewardess who worked for the United Arab Emirates decided to take full advantage of this fantasy. She offered “intimate” work to customers who could have relations with her in the extra-large bathrooms in exchange for a hefty fee. 

According to a news outlet called Emirates247, a woman was able to charge $2,000 per client. This helped her earn over $1 million in two years. When she was finally caught and reported to her boss, she was fired. But with that much money, she could basically retire and never have to work again! For all we know, there may be other flight attendants who decided to do the same.

Many people have gotten in trouble with security, the police, and even the FBI after having intimate relations on a plane. Credit: Shutterstock

1. True Consequences

Throughout these stories about the mile high club, we’ve had fun think about what could happen. But that doesn’t mean you should ever try to do this. For this last story, I’m going to burst your bubble with the true story of the couple who was arrested and even investigated by the freaking FBI for getting jiggy with it on a plane. Is this overkill? Yes. But it’s still public indecency, which is a felony. 

There were other stories of people who were arrested for “lewd behavior”, which is a misdemeanor. Obviously, these laws also change from state to state. And it seems like in the United Kingdom, no one was ever been arrested for making love on a plane. So be very careful, and check out local laws before you take the risk.