What Happens In First Class

What Happens In First Class

Amorous passengers, champagne-fuelled parties and sex in the cockpit: Former air hostess reveals the racy truth about what REALLY goes on in First Class
Mandy Smith, 41, worked for Virgin Atlantic for more than a decade
Her book Cabin Fever charts the racy high altitude shenanigans
Says she was wooed by billionaires and hobnobbed with celebrities
Passengers were seen joining the Mile High club when the lights dimmed
Ms Smith also joined the Mile High club, albeit in a two-seater Cessna
She now lives in West Sussex with her husband Glenn and their daughter

She hit the headlines when her memoirs charting her life as a Virgin Atlantic air hostess was published and now Mandy Smith, 41, is back with another set of racy revelations.
Speaking ahead of the book’s U.S launch this week, the former stewardess told of billionaire suitors, champagne-fuelled parties and her own experience of joining the Mile High club.
Ms Smith, who now lives in Sussex with her husband Glenn and their four-year-old daughter, also revealed that it isn’t just the air crew who get up to mischief.
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‘And when the lights are dimmed on overnight flights, I’d see randy passengers masturbating while everyone else around them slept.
‘Then there was the couple in the throes of passion who ran around upper-class butt naked. It was a lot to put up with.’
In an interview with the New York Post, she went on to discuss having sex with a pilot boyfriend in the cockpit of a small two-seater Cessna and told of a fling with an Arab billionaire during a layover in Dubai.
‘We spent the night sailing around the Persian Gulf,’ she added, ‘holding hands and munching on salmon tartare, lobster and caviar.’
But speaking in an interview with MailOnline last year, Ms Smith, who wrote her book Cabin Fever after leaving the airline, admitted that the job wasn’t always so glamorous.
Racy: Ms Palmer says her time there was marked by partying and raunchy high altitude antics
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Racy: Ms Palmer says her time there was marked by partying and raunchy high altitude antics
Perks: Her life also included numerous stopovers in exotic destinations such as Johannesburg and Dubai
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Perks: Her life also included numerous stopovers in exotic destinations such as Johannesburg and Dubai
‘Obviously we had a lot of fun times but I did leave a lot out because I didn’t want it to seem like that was all we did,’ she says.
‘The passengers behaved far worse, especially in Premium Economy because they think they’re better than Economy, but actually can’t afford Upper.
‘I had a man throw pizza in my face once because he said it wasn’t good enough for his son to eat.
‘And one businessman was travelling in Upper Class and getting it on at the bar with a fellow female passenger.
‘They’d had a few drinks and had a few snogs. Literally five minutes later his wife walked through to see him. She’d been sitting back in Economy with no idea what was going on! We were shocked.’
Another incident concerned the mother of a famous American star who went beserk during the flight and left one of Ms Palmer’s fellow flight attendants with a bloody nose.
‘She boarded and threw her fur coat at me, ordering me to store it away,’ remembers Ms Palmer. ‘I knew then that she’d be trouble.
‘It’s also public knowledge that she and her son don’t get on very well. She had a few drinks throughout the flight and took sleeping pills, then all of a sudden went crazy and had to be wrestled to the ground.
Hanging out: She also met a number of celebrities, including Ronan Keating at a party in Toronto
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Hanging out: She also met a number of celebrities, including Ronan Keating at a party in Toronto
Good boss: Ms Palmer says she enjoyed working for Sir Richard Branson and his airline
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Good boss: Ms Palmer says she enjoyed working for Sir Richard Branson and his airline
Revealing: Now happily married, Ms Smith has shared her memories in a book called Cabin Fever
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Revealing: Now happily married, Ms Smith has shared her memories in a book called Cabin Fever
‘She head-butted my colleague who was merely trying to restrain her outburst, and her nose burst open and I don’t even think she ever apologised. We have to put up with a lot!’
But while the passengers didn’t always behave, glamorous stopovers in far-flung destinations such as Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Barbados more than made up for it.
Ms Palmer, who says she eventually tired of the hedonistic lifestyle, wasn’t slow to take advantage and says she had ‘a man in every port’.2A1D3AA900000578-3144627-image-a-49_1435676520638
One party, a stag-do in Las Vegas, proved so rowdy that she decided it was too much to include in the book.
‘The boyfriend of one of the crew members was on the stag do of a Calvin Klein model,’ she remembers.
‘They invited a few of us girls along. No expense was spared – he’d hired huge private marquees outside one of the biggest nightclubs in the city with drinks flowing.
‘Afterwards we all went back to their hotel suite which was massive. People were getting it on all over the place and drugs were lined up on the tables, though of course we didn’t touch them because Virgin do random drug tests.
‘We certainly took advantage of all the free champagne though!’
Other parties saw her hobnob with celebrities, among them her boss Sir Richard Branson and once, in Toronto, with former Boyzone star Ronan Keating.
‘It was a lavish white marquee on tip of the bay with a B747-400 fly over,’ she says. ‘There were huge cocktails, Ronan sang Richard even joined in with the backing dancers for a rendition of Raining Men when The Weather Girls performed!
‘They all stripped off to Union Jack shorts for the finale. Ronan was such a genuinely lovely man. Unfortunately no one in Canada knew who he was but all the crew ran to the stage and were singing along with all his songs. Just another normal night out with the crew!’
Cabin Fever: The Sizzling Secrets of an Air Hostess is published by Thistle, costs £9.99 and is out now

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