FAA investigates ‘Harlem Shake' video on airplane

CINCINNATI - The Harlem Shake is reaching new heights after a group did the popular viral dance sensation on an airplane. But it's not only getting attention from thousands of YouTube viewers — it also caught the eye of the Federal Aviation Administration, which launched an inquiry after seeing the video online.

In the video, the Colorado College Ultimate Frisbee team leads the "Harlem Shake" during a Frontier flight from Colorado Springs to San Diego over Presidents Day weekend. In midair, the team and other passengers performed the dance, which has been the subject of many recreations around the Internet.

The video, which has been viewed on YouTube more than 600,000 times as of Friday morning, shows someone dancing in a mask in the aisle, while the other passengers ignore him. Then, the video cuts to all passengers dancing for the remainder of the song in what seems be a turbulent airplane. The video was posted to YouTube on Feb. 15.

Frontier Airlines spokeswoman Kate O'Malley said the airline followed the safety procedures when the video was filmed.

"All safety measures were followed and the seat belt sign was off," O'Malley said to the Scripps' station in Denver.

FAA spokesman Tony Molinero told the Colorado College student newspaper The Catalyst that the agency was looking into the video because "it is better to be safe than sorry."

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The now-viral sensation revolves around one person dancing along for the first part of the "Harlem Shake," by DJ Baauer. But when the bass drops, the lone dancer is joined by a large group of people gyrating to the music.

Other popular versions are underwater or in a library while locally, the Dent Schoolhouse and sports mascots have showed their moves.

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