A lurid tale is making the rounds concerning a female flight attendant who allegedly earned a fortune by having sex with male passengers in plane toilets while working for a Middle Eastern carrier.
The story of the flight attendant from Thailand, who purportedly made a million dollars over two years in that way, surfaced last week in the British-based news website the Daily Mail.
It quoted a source who allegedly spoke to the “Saudi Arabic language daily” news site Sada. Doubt was cast on the truth of the tale shortly afterwards by the Dubai-based, Saudi-owned news outlet Al Arabiya News, which said Sada was in fact “a Sudanese sports site which did not report on the story”.
The source is reported to have said the flight attendant “admitted that she had sex with many other passengers during flight and that she preferred long distance flights between the Gulf and the United States”.
The Daily Mail said the flight attendant was immediately sacked and deported, attributing that information also to Sada. It did not name the airline.
The report seems to have arisen from Arabic news website Rai al Yawm, which reported the same story about two weeks ago, saying the flight attendant was working for a Gulf-based carrier and earned the million dollars by charging passengers USD 2000 each. The woman would thus have had sex with passengers 250 times annually for two years, or just under five times a week.
The tale has the air of an urban myth, but is not inherently implausible.
Footnote from Peter Needham: I worked in Saudi Arabia in the mid 1970s and was told by airline personnel there of a racket in which female flight attendants willing to cooperate were placed on Middle Eastern routes, to make as much money as possible however they saw fit, in between flight shifts. Airline staff who organised the crew rosters allegedly took a cut. The racket I was told about, however, involved a European carrier, not a Middle Eastern airline. The money was said to be earned from liaisons in hotels, not in aircraft toilets.
Written by Peter Needham