Viral 'Harlem Shake' on a plane video becomes subject of FAA investigation

Members of the Colorado College ultimate Frisbee team and other passengers on board Frontier Flight 157 performed the “Harlem Shake” dance craze at an altitude of 30,000 feet. The video, which went viral online, caught the Federal Aviation Administration’s attention.

The Catalyst, the college’s student-run news site, describes it their way as follows:

In the video, as is typical with the Harlem Shake, one student starts dancing in the center aisle near the front of the aircraft. After about 15 seconds of music, everyone on board starts dancing in what one passenger called “a riot on a plane.”

In the video, the entire fuselage does appear to be moving. But despite claims by aviation experts that erratic movement in flight cannot disrupt controls or stability, investigators saw something in that short video that made them suspicious.

Reports said the FAA is investigating whether or not air safety rules have been violated.

“If we find any evidence of a violation of Federal Aviation Regulations, then we would pursue it,” Allen Kenitzer, the agency’s spokesman, told Reuters.

The airline reportedly defended its staff for giving the passengers permission to do the “Harlem Shake” on the plane.

“We have a policy not to comment on things that are under investigation by the FAA, but I can tell you that all safety measures were followed and the seatbelt sign was off," Frontier Airlines spokeswoman Kate O’Malley said in an email to Reuters.

The viral video has over 3 million views on YouTube as of this posting.