FAA Investigates Harlem Shake On A Plane
People have been arrested for doing the Harlem Shake but now the meme has the attention of the feds.
Last week students from Colorado College managed to coordinate a performance on a Frontier Airlines flight bound for San Diego. The students cleared it with the flight crew beforehand and agreed to do it when the fasten seatbelt sign was shut off. The students waited for the high-sign, and it came somewhere over the Grand Canyon in Arizona, according to the college's paper The Catalyst. A flight attendant said the "floor is yours."
What happened next was posted on YouTube and has already attracted over 400,000 hits. But the dance caught the attention of the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA won't say what exactly worries them about the flight (we suspect the fact that people don't look completely miserable on a flight might have something to do with it). A key issue would be whether or not the seatbelt sign was on.
Tony Molinero, a spokesman for the FAA, told The Catalyst "…when they saw the video they just decided to look into it because it is better to be safe than sorry."
Aviation experts told The Catalyst that if people move on to one side of the plane or another, it could cause the plane to tip slightly or cause some light turbulence. But they said that as long as the seatbelt sign was off and the passengers were warned to put on their seatbelt in case of unexpected turbulence, it doesn't seem like there were any serious violations.
"I think one of the things that went through my head when we were on the plane was, 'I can’t believe they are going to let us do this,'" said Conor Crowley, a junior who uploaded the video to YouTube.
He later got a call from an FAA investigator and admitted to The Catalyst, "I'm not going to say that I wasn’t stunned because I got a call from a federal agent, which doesn’t happen on a general basis. But I would be lying if I said it wasn’t something that had crossed my mind."
I know what you're thinking, and yes, we've all had it with this motherfucking Harlem shake (on this motherfucking plane)!