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Criminal defence in Canada: The Mile High Club spells trouble

Many airplane flights are long and boring. Some passengers -- no doubt some Alberta residents too -- decide to become "members" of the infamous mile high club or, in other words, having sex on an airplane. They may have fun in the moment, but it could also mean possible criminal charges and arranging for a criminal defence team once their feet are back on the ground.

In Canada, that charge could be committing an indecent act. The Canadian Criminal Code indicates that includes everyone wilfully committing an indecent act in a public place where there are one or more people, or anywhere when the intention is to insult or offend any person.  Any sexual act in public is considered indecent and since an aircraft is a public place, those who engage in sex there could be charged.

The possible punishment may not be a laughing matter. A person could either be charged with a serious or minor crime with a prison term of up to two years for a criminal offence or up to six months behind bars for a minor offence. Each country has its own laws regarding randy acts in the sky, so passengers should be aware of them.

The laws surrounding criminal actions can be complex and confusing for many people. Alberta residents who have questions regarding what is and is not permissible on an aircraft would do well to talk to a lawyer who has a background in crimes and misdemeanors law and criminal defence. A lawyer will go over any evidence when charges have been laid to prepare the best defense possible for his or her client.

Source:, "Can you be charged for having sex on an airplane?", Miriam Yosowich, Accessed on Oct. 24, 2017

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