Harlem Shakes on a Plane: FAA investigating

A new video dance craze has resulted in an investigation by the FAA over whether or not illegal activity occurred

by The Commentator on 1 March 2013 17:12


The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is investigating following YouTube videos showing airline passengers doing the new dance craze the 'Harlem Shake' on a flight from Colorado to San Diego.

Dozens of videos on YouTube show different incidents of the Harlem Shake being performed on planes, some in the air, some on the ground. America's FAA says it is looking into one instance of high-altitude dancing involving college students from Colorado.

"It's ridiculous," said Jim Tilmon, a retired 29-year airline pilot. "A commercial airplane in flight ... is not a dance hall, it's not an entertainment stage, it's not any of those things."

"I hate to be a bureaucratic kill-joy," agreed Steve Wallace, former director of the FAA's Office of Accident Investigation. "I think there is a safety issue here. Turbulence injuries are the most common type of injuries, and they are virtually eliminated when people are in their seat belts."

The students said they had the approval of the flight crew, who let them use the plane's public address system to tell other passengers about their intentions.

"We wanted to make sure that we followed every regulation and that nothing went wrong, and that it was OK with (the airplane crew)," said team member Matt Zelin. "We just figured being on a plane, you know, you need to make sure everything is safe, and we just talked to flight attendants and they were excited."

After the plane landed, they posted the video online, and it went viral.

The investigation continues.


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