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Tony and Julie Elwood, the first A380 double bed suite passengers  (Source: Times Online)

Singapore Airlines A380 double bed suite  (Source: Associated Press)
"No sex in the champagne room."

Airbus' A380 is finally making regular commercial flights after lengthy delays. The superjumbo made its first commercial flight on October 25 thanks to Singapore Airlines.

Singapore Airlines has seen fit to equip its A380 with 60 business class seats and 399 economy class seats. In addition, the Singapore Airlines A380 has 12 first class luxury suites complete with a double bed and 23" flat panel television.

Interestingly enough, despite promotional pictures showing the double beds equipped littered with rose petals and a tray complete with wine and wine glasses (see right); Singapore Airlines discourages passengers from having sex in the suites.

"If couples used our double beds to engage in inappropriate activity, we would politely ask them to desist," said Singapore Airlines spokesman Stephen Forshaw. "There are things that are acceptable on an aircraft and things that aren’t, and the rules for behavior in our double beds are the same ones that apply throughout the aircraft."

Double beds, privacy, wine, gourmet food... but no sex? Come on!

Passengers have attempted (and in many cases succeeded) to have sex in cramped airplane bathrooms for years. Now, an airline gives high-dollar passengers private suits with double beds and countless bottles of champagne and expects their patrons to not get freaky?

An Australian couple booked the first double suite with Singapore Airlines, but they didn't get a chance to "break the rules" due to an infusion of reporters looking to interview them during the flight.

"So they’ll sell you a double bed, and give you privacy and endless champagne -- and then say you can’t do what comes naturally," questioned Tony Elwood.
"They seem to have done everything they can to make it romantic, short of bringing round oysters," remarked Tony's wife, Julie. "I’d say they shouldn’t really complain, should they?"

Regardless, Singapore Airlines needs to just ease up and take a chill pill. If you don't want your passengers to have sex, toss out the double beds and put in a twin bed.

On second thought, that's still more than enough room for most people...



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Heh
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 10/29/2007 3:11:29 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
"There are things that are acceptable on an aircraft and things that aren’t, and the rules for behavior in our double beds are the same ones that apply throughout the aircraft."

Ever since man first took to the skies, it's been his mission to procreate at the same time.




RE: Heh
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 10/29/2007 3:56:14 PM , Rating: 2
You know it. This makes joining the Mile High club a bit literal yes?


RE: Heh
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 10/29/2007 4:14:32 PM , Rating: 2
No, that would be the 9 mile high club :)

/ducks


RE: Heh
By BitJunkie on 10/29/2007 4:21:25 PM , Rating: 1
I'm still more shocked that people that age even have sex. They're probably more worried about prolapsed discs "screwing" their safety record.


RE: Heh
By xphile on 10/29/2007 8:40:31 PM , Rating: 2
As I read this I was just SO expecting it to end as follows...

"If couples used our double beds to engage in inappropriate activity, we would politely ask them to desist," said Singapore Airlines spokesman Stephen Forshaw."

(If they refuse to desist they will be quietly escorted to the nearest exist...)

Oh god it's a slow day here at work


RE: Heh
By jadeskye on 10/29/2007 7:08:49 PM , Rating: 2
ha! you just made my day


RE: Heh
By wordsworm on 10/30/2007 4:15:37 AM , Rating: 2
For the price of the suite, which I'm just wildly guessing is extremely expensive, furniture (Soylent Green reference)ought to come with the package.


Good luck with that
By hinchesk on 10/29/2007 3:56:10 PM , Rating: 2
The only thing Singapore Airlines will accomplish by telling people not to have sex is to encourage more of it.

Maybe they've never heard the forbidden fruit story.




RE: Good luck with that
By spluurfg on 10/29/2007 4:19:06 PM , Rating: 2
It's Singapore, a very organized and fairly conservative country. Wait till Richard Branson gets some A380's. He'll probably kit out the suite with velour plush sheets and a jacuzzi.


RE: Good luck with that
By mrkun on 10/30/2007 12:21:57 AM , Rating: 2
Isn't prostitution legal in Singapore though?


RE: Good luck with that
By spluurfg on 10/30/2007 4:19:30 AM , Rating: 2
You're joking, aren't you =P

Singapore, IE the place where drug trafficking carries a life sentence? Where there are restrictions on bringing chewing gum in the country (because they are worried you'll stick it places) and littering carries a $1,000 fine? =P


RE: Good luck with that
By BlitzAceYuna on 10/30/2007 5:29:41 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, drug trafficking carries a DEATH sentence.

The chewing gum thing is not so bad though, I would agree the policy itself is quite extreme, yet I don't think its really actively enforced most of the time. Customs probably has more to worry about than the pack of chewing gum you have in your pocket.

To the previous post, I think prostitution is legal in Singapore, although you need a license to do so.


RE: Good luck with that
By Mitch101 on 10/30/2007 10:19:39 AM , Rating: 3
How does one go about getting a license is it a Written or Oral test? Can you get a learners permit? What is the failure rate? Im sorry you have to retest come back next month.

I really wish I made the kind of coin to get one of these suits but then how often do they change the sheets? On the plus side maybe a few pilots might get some sleep instead od being overly tired flying a plane but then again the steward pregnancy rate might be on the rise. So many pluses and minuses to this.


Translation
By masher2 (blog) on 10/29/2007 2:33:53 PM , Rating: 5
I think what Singapore Airlines is politely trying to say is....if you have sex loud enough for other passengers to notice, you're going to be asked to stop.




RE: Translation
By cochy on 10/29/2007 2:45:54 PM , Rating: 3
Careful or they'll bust out the bamboo sticks. Ouch!


RE: Translation
By Amiga500 on 10/30/2007 3:05:14 PM , Rating: 2
It brings a whole new meaning to "reducing aircraft noise emissions"

:-D


RE: Translation
By timmiser on 10/30/2007 5:22:07 PM , Rating: 2
You mean that wasn't turbulence??


Reminds me of college...
By Bioniccrackmonk on 10/29/2007 5:24:27 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Regardless, Singapore Airlines needs to just ease up and take a chill pill. If you don't want your passengers to have sex, toss out the double beds and put in a twin bed .


Those were the good ol days, when it was in abundance and a lot of us that lived on campus didn't have much else to do. Probably the only time a twin bed was acceptable as well. Yeah.

Memories...




RE: Reminds me of college...
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 10/29/2007 6:16:42 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Probably the only time a twin bed was acceptable as well.

Hah! What do you think those communal showers were for!


RE: Reminds me of college...
By Ringold on 10/29/2007 7:06:22 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Hah! What do you think those communal showers were for!


One hasn't lived until... well.. nevermind.


RE: Reminds me of college...
By ziggo on 10/29/2007 7:27:11 PM , Rating: 2
Getting Athlete's Foot?

There are alot of places I would rank way above one of those communal showers. My roommates bunk for example. Also on that airplane. Loudly.


RE: Reminds me of college...
By maverick85wd on 10/29/2007 7:34:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Ever since man first took to the skies, it's been his mission to procreate at the same time.


I laughed so hard I fell out of my chair.

LOL... memories indeed!

twin beds discouraging sexual acts? anyone that believes that has never had a b/f or g/f and a twin sized bed. seriously now...

where there's a will, there's a way!


RE: Reminds me of college...
By pixelslave on 10/30/2007 3:14:53 PM , Rating: 2
People are creative, man. When a twin bed is enough for a couple to perform ... umm ... their act, two twin beds in a room means ...


Imagine if you will...
By iFX on 10/30/2007 4:42:06 PM , Rating: 2
That you are on an airplane, standing in the isle, jumping up and down. Do you think that this would have an affect on the stability of the plane? Now add a second person, jumping up and down. Now multiply that by 11 private rooms per plane. That is a lot of energy for the plane to absorb without being affected.

Perhaps 22 people jumping up and down could cause the plane to be uncontrollable and crash. Wouldn't that be something...




RE: Imagine if you will...
By Amiga500 on 10/30/2007 5:06:22 PM , Rating: 2
Not a mission... absolute total zero.

The empty weight of an A380 is around 280 tonnes. In operation, it will be around 400 tonnes.

The momentum imparted by 22 people getting it on is absolutely negligible in comparison to the inertia of the aircraft... no matter how good they are in bed!


RE: Imagine if you will...
By Mojo the Monkey on 10/30/2007 8:18:58 PM , Rating: 2
way to ruin the joke, Mr. Literal.


RE: Imagine if you will...
By Amiga500 on 10/31/2007 5:50:42 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't think it was a joke....

If it was - it was pretty poor :-)


awkward
By djkrypplephite on 10/30/2007 6:02:18 PM , Rating: 3
think of how awkward it would be for hijackers to walk in on you.




RE: awkward
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 10/30/2007 7:35:44 PM , Rating: 2
Just don't make eye contact and everything will be OK :)


The telling smirk
By timmiser on 10/30/2007 5:25:40 PM , Rating: 2
You can tell by the look on that man's face in the picture...

They've already had sex.
.
.
.
.
Twice.




RE: The telling smirk
By 5c8wc4 on 10/31/2007 1:33:07 PM , Rating: 2
The second place to go find the pilots


Enforcement
By Kyanzes on 10/30/2007 2:47:48 PM , Rating: 3
How the HECK are they going to enforce this "nookie ban" of theirs?

Perhaps they'll have to fill a questionnaire on leaving the plane:

"Did you have a nookie while inside with your girlfriend or not?"

yes [ ]
no [ ]

Unless ofc they are going to peek inside every few minutes to ensure "proper behaviour". Ofc some people would still be able to beat the clock.




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