Even in the age of budget airlines the glamour of flying still holds sway over passengers, as a recent survey from Skyscanner found that 45 per cent have tried flirting with the person sitting next to them on the plane.
Success is by no means guaranteed, but 15 per cent said they met up again after their flight had landed and 8 per cent said a flying rendezvous lead to a relationship.
Karin Noble, a former cabin crew member and Skyscanner spokesperson, said: “It’s no surprise that flights have become a place to flirt. You are sitting next to someone for an hour or more, and the fact that you’re both travelling to the same place means you already have something in common.”
She added that long-haul flights to destinations such as Australia were more likely to see passengers getting amorous, with the heightened effect that alcohol can have at altitude also playing a part.
For this reason, it should come as little surprise that 20 per cent of travellers claim to have joined the Mile High Club, with 95 per cent of all other survey respondents saying they would like to.