Flamingo Air is in the business of offering sightseeing tours, but it’s probably safe to say that many of its customers never snap a pic, tweet their plans or even get a good look at the sights. And hopefully, they never post their photos on Facebook after their tour.
That’s because the Cincinnati-based airline isn’t offering your run-of-the-mill-see-the-sights-of Cincinnati-from-the-air flight. No, no, no. Nearly half of Flamingo Air’s business, according to ABC affiliate station WCPO, comes from people looking to join the so-called “Mile High Club.” Anyone can join, as long as they have a free hour and $425.
“I have had a high heel in my ear once, been shot in the back of the head with a champagne cork, and thank God we wear headsets,” Dave MacDonald, co-president of Flamingo Air and pilot of many of the flights told WCPO. The airline tries to play up romance during the flights by supplying champagne and chocolates, but what goes on behind the pilot’s curtain is none of his business.
Back in October, a couple tried to one-up the mile-high club by engaging in the mile-high act in mid air. Though the FAA determined no federal aviation regulations were violated, it’s safe to say this kind of thing is frowned upon.
Guys, if you’re hoping for a flight on Flamingo as a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift, you may be in luck: Co-president (and MacDonald’s wife) Sharon McGee estimates 90 percent of the flights are booked by women. It’s unclear if McGee and MacDonald are members themselves.