Back in December, The Atlantic ran a piece on the history of the Mile High Club.
Apparently Lawrence Burst Sperry, inventor of the autopilot, was the first to join.
[I]n late November 1916, while piloting a Curtiss Flying Boat C‑2 some 500 feet above the coast of Long Island, he used his instrument to administer a novel kind of flying lesson to one Cynthia Polk (whose husband was driving an ambulance in war-torn France). During their airborne antics, however, the two unwittingly managed to bump and disengage the autopilot, sending their plane into Great South Bay, where they were rescued, both stark naked, by duck hunters.
Surveys suggest that women fantasize about having sex on the beach while a third of men want to have sex on a plane.
It’s this disconnect that makes me suspect the new Wingman app, which is supposed to find you willing partners onboard, may not work out well (aside, perhaps, from same sex couples?).
Nonetheless, absurd extrapolation of statistics derived from surveys in which people are probably lying suggests that more than a million Americans have done it.
Clearly the best products for this would be Singapore Airlines’ A380 first class center seats and Emirates A380 first class shower — the 5 minute water limit would be limiting, and I do not know if two people could officially rather than surreptitiously go in together and be given a full 10 minutes?
You can turn on and off the water in the shower so that you can lather up, rinse, and conserve your water to stretch the actually shower time far longer than 5 minutes. And it’s far more spacious than a traditional lavatory (then again, so is the Etihad first class lavatory). But you wouldn’t want to have to turn on and off the water while making use of the facilities. Then again, five minutes might be enough…
It seems to me the aircraft product that would ‘win’ would be any regional jet, with score based purely on degree of difficulty.
Have you ever tried it? Would you consider it? Is it on your bucket list of things to do?