Most people board a plane with the goal of going somewhere. Not on Flamingo Air, unless an orgasm counts as a destination. The Cincinnati-based airline's goal is for fliers to fulfill their dream of having sex in the sky. President and CEO David MacDonald once owned a large security firm, reports Priceonomics. Then one day 20 years ago, he was discussing the mile high club with friends and he got the idea to create an airline to help people have sex. Today, he says thousands of surprisingly "straight-laced" couples have paid for private, hour-long "flights of fancy" on Flamingo—which also offers sightseeing tours and has a flight school—for a $495 fee. They've included a couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary and a pair with eight kids who simply wanted some time to themselves.
No need to maneuver around airplane seats: couples are treated to a pile of cushions where two seats should be, plus chocolates and champagne. As MacDonald puts it, "you've gotta think romance, not sex." That's why similar airlines have failed, he says—though the Love Cloud does offer "mile high club" flights in Las Vegas. "They all tried to sell sex, not the sizzle." That doesn’t mean the flight isn't awkward. The space is cramped, there's turbulence to worry about, and the pilot is only hidden behind a curtain, Melanie Berliet wrote for Maxim in 2014. "I have had a high heel in my ear once, been shot in the back of the head with a champagne cork," MacDonald, also a pilot, previously admitted, per the New York Daily News. "Thank God we wear headsets." (These celebs say they're in the mile high club.)