Singapore: Don't expect 'Mile High Club' antics in the A380 suites

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It's time to put the A380 sex question to bed.

Perhaps we should rephrase that.

Singapore Airlines, responding to reporters' questions last week, decided to make it clear that the carrier expects its passengers to refrain from sexual activities if they book adjoining suites to create a double bed option in the premium class of its new A380 aircraft.

 

Questions arose because in addition to the double bed, the suites have sliding doors and roller blinds, creating a cozy space that might seem like a perfect airborne love nest.

Alas, however, the privacy is not complete. The suites have no ceiling, making it possible for curious passersby to peek over the top, part of the blind is see-through netting, and the suites are by no means soundproof.

After prurient-minded reporters kept raising the question, Singapore last week responded to The Times of London and Reuters. The airline did not proactively issue a statement, as the wording of some of the stories implied, said James Boyd, a U.S. spokesman for Singapore Airlines. Subsequent reports quoted the airline declaring sexual activities to be forbidden, and those stories quickly got picked up by newspapers and Web sites.

"If couples used our double beds to engage in inappropriate activity, we would politely ask them to desist," The Times quoted Singapore spokesman Stephen Forshaw as saying.

Boyd wasn't quite as direct, but he did say: "We're certainly confident in the discretion and appropriateness of our customers."

Sex speculation might have been fed by Singapore's publicity photos for the A380, which include a romantic shot of an unoccupied double bed festooned with champagne, strawberries and rose petals. On the other hand, the only photo of a couple in the double bed shows a man and a woman fully clothed -- and playing chess.

To contact reporter Andrew Compart, send e-mail to [email protected].

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