Sometimes, a woman in a uniform (i.e. flight attendants) can't help but be sexy. And plenty of tales about the Mile High Club are floating around out there. But in Japan, the idea of sex in the air has soared to an entirely new level -- with some flight attendants allegedly being paid to sleep with pilots.
According to the always-reliable Daily Mail, a number of unnamed female flight attendants told a Japan's Shukan Post that pilots regularly solicit sexual services, using hand signals to indicate interest, paying between $450 and $680 for 90 minutes of "alone time." Women under 30 reportedly charge even more.
“Stewardesses who are willing to do it with a pilot pass their number to a senior stewardess who is effectively a female pimp,” one flight attendant told the Shukan Post. “Other stewardesses outsource their services through companies, some of which specialize in offering air hostesses.” Some flight attendants also work part-time as escorts and hostesses in Tokyo’s swanky Ginza neighborhood.
And while hookups in the cockpit sound like a bad porno plot, it’s believed to happen a lot in Japan. One air stewardess cited by the Mail said that although a prostitution ring was exposed at and supposedly shut down years ago, the mile-high antics continue because of significant pay cuts; a flight attendant's average salary was $42,000 in 2004, but that fell to just $32,000 in 2013.
Which really warrants another hand gesture all together.
Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.