The Mile High Club

8 years ago

A flight attendant on Oprah Winfrey's private jet filed a lawsuit Friday denying allegations that she had sex on board.

In the suit, Corrine Gehrls, 39, claims that fellow flight attendants Myron Gooch and Kirby Bumpus -- who is the daughter of Winfrey's best friend Gayle King and is Winfrey's goddaughter -- made the accusation that caused her to be fired.--Huffington Post

You know what there's not a lot of? Interesting commentary on this story. Or, you know, facts.  There's some "news" about Oprah's BFF Gayle saying this is a frivolous attack, but that's about it. It's all going to be resolved in court, eventually, the unseemly details with come out, and we'll make remarks about gold digging and/or Oprah.

I don't know about you, but the big question for me is as follows: Were they in the air at the time the act in question took place? And while I understand that having your staff get busy during work hours may well be a breach of contract, let's talk logistics.

First things first: Yahoo answers has a thread about legality. Is it illegal to have sex on a plane? There's a handy Wikipedia link in there to the Mile High Club page in which a few noted cases are described as well as the thoughtful comment that the legality of said act might be dependent on where the participants are at the time, where the flight originated, where it lands, and what rules the carrier has.

Staring at Strangers
mentions that Singapore Airlines actually has a policy, or rather, a request, for those deluxe fliers in the double beds:

Seems that Singapore Airlines is asking passengers to refrain from hanky panky when in the double beds. So, is smooching is okay? How about groping hands in your partner's nether parts?

Turning in with your honey after a gourmet meal and champagne, one wonders what else you would want to do but what comes naturally?

This made me laugh -- The Mile High Club Does Not Exist (includes NSFW language, you're warned).

I fly a lot as the Minister of Common Sense, and I don’t think the famous "Mile High Club" actually exists. I think that anyone who says they have had sex on a plane is probably lying. Every time I go into a bathroom on an airplane, I wonder about the possibility of trying to have sex in there - and I've become increasingly convinced that it’s a mechanical impossibility.

Honestly, I can't think of anything unsexier than flying -- well, that's not entirely true, but let's just say it's on my list along with visits to the dentist and expensive yet invisible household repairs -- think sewer, plumbing, furnace -- for generating ardor. Sure, a romantic vacation is one thing, but being crammed in a coach seat while a youngster kicks me in the kidneys (save your comments, I know, I know) and I pay 12 dollars for a tray full of nitrates... I'll save it for the destination, thank you.

Pam blogs about travel and other adventures at Nerd's Eye View.

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