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UK's only 'SleazyJet' service grounded

by Aaron Sharp. Published Fri 31 Dec 2010 12:33

Pamela Anderson, Janet Jackson and Ralph Fiennes are all members - and even aviation giant Richard Branson admitted joining at the age of 19.

But for adventurous Brits setting their sights on entry to the 'Mile High Club', domestic airlines look to be the only way forward after the UK's only 'romantic flights' firm was grounded by prudish aviation watchdogs.

Mile High Flights gave horny Brits the chance to make love while flying above the clouds for as little as £640.

But after just two years of trading, health and safety chiefs at the CAA have refused to renew the company's licence amid suggestions that in-flight action could be 'too distracting' for pilots.

Founder of the Gloucestershire-based company, 36-year-old software engineer Mike Crisp accused the CAA of being prudish.

Mr Crisp said: "I'm not giving-up on what was a very popular business idea, because someone at the CAA doesn't like the sound of what goes-on in our plane.

"Joining the Mile High Club is something a lot of British couples dream of and we were providing the chance for people to fulfil that particular fantasy.

"In our two years' trading we had people from all walks of life wanting to join 'the club', from 21st birthday flights to 60th birthday ones. We even had one threesome.

"I am getting emails every week from couples who want to go up in the plane. It's a shame we've had to stop because of some prudish snobbery on the part of the CAA"

Crisp came up with the idea in 2007 when one of his close friends landed a pilot's licence.

He and his business partner ploughed over £10,000 into transforming a Cessna Grand Caravan single-engined plane into a flying boudoir.

Slinky upholstery inside the cabin is made out of fire-retardant materials to ensure safe sex at 5,280 ft.

But according to the CAA, Mile High Flights couldn't give safety chiefs the assurances needed to be issued with a new licence to trade.

A spokesman from the aviation authority said: "We cast no moral judgments on what people do in their planes, that's not our business.

"Safety-wise, as long as all angles are covered we have no issue with that company trading.

"Unfortunatley it became apparent that our safety criteria couldn't be met and the application was not passed."



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