Federal Aviation Association Investigates A “Harlem Shake” (On A Plane) Video

Christina Lee | March 1, 2013 11:54 am

While Baauer‘s viral hit tops Billboard’s Hot 100 for the second week, the Federal Aviation Association has started to investigate a “Harlem Shake” video that was filmed aboard a Frontier Airlines flight. The cause for concern: possible safety violations.

On February 15, the Colorado College ultimate Frisbee team boarded a flight to San Diego with a banana suit on tow and a written proposal ready for airline staff. Sophomore Matt Zelin, who filmed the video, said that a flight attendant told him to wait until the seatbelt sign was off, “and then go for it.”

The FAA has not filed charges against the airline and students, but it has called two students in part of its investigation, according to Colorado College student newspaper The Catalyst. “I don’t know where the [investigators] were told about it, but when they saw the video they just decided to look into it because it is better to be safe than sorry,” a spokesman said.

In direct result, a White House petition has already been launched. “No one got hurt and no safety was compromised in any way,” it says. “Instead, everyone had fun and a memorable flight.”

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