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Video of the Day: (Harlem) Shakes on a plane


Participants in a flashmob dance an improvised version of the Harlem Shake as they throw confetti in the air in front of the Berlin cathedral February 20, 2013. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

The Harlem Shake has just joined the Mile High Club.

Yes, the latest incarnation of the frenetic dance sensation that's taken the internet, and our hearts, by storm has reached a new height of popularity.

And while the video has certainly received a fair share of attention on the web — it has also nabbed the attention of federal investigators.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is looking into whether the students or the Frontier flight crew violated  any safety regulations with the mid-flight stunt,  airline spokesman Tony Molinero said, according to Colorado College's student newspaper The Catalyst.

“They are still looking into it, it’s still open ... 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,” Molinero said.

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Colorado College sophomore Matt Zelin, who has admitted to shooting the video, told The Catalyst, "Obviously, I hope that this whole situation is solved with the FAA. I don't see there being any reason why this should cause any trouble. We asked the staff and they said it was safe."

According to ABC News' aviation expert, John Nance, the stunt was probably harmless.

"I don't think there's any concern structurally or when it comes to safety of flight," Nance said.

"If the dancers had all moved to the front or rear of the plane simultaneously," Nance said, "that could have created a weight and balance issue for the pilots in the cockpit, but not a problem that put the plane in danger of crashing."

"It's nothing the flight crew or the aircraft can't handle. This gyrating around is of no consequence."

So apparently collectively "gyrating around" on a plane is no problemo.

Good to know. 

Hat tip to the Colorado College Ultimate Frisbee team for helping our Friday fly right on by!

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