Shakes on a plane: FAA investigates flight Harlem Shake
A federal investigation is underway after a plane-load of passengers took part in a Harlem Shake video on board a flight to San Diego.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating the incident which saw passengers throw themselves around a plane over President's Day weekend, February 15.
The clip, which has been viewed more than 500,000 times since being uploaded to YouTube last week, was filmed by members of the Colorado College Ultimate Frisbee Team on their way to a tournament in San Diego.
The team convinced fellow passengers to take part in the video, which features a man dressed as a banana and a person wearing an Abraham Lincoln mask.
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The FAA is investigating the Frontier Airlines flight incident to see if any regulations were violated.
Matt Zelin, a frisbee team member who filmed the dance, told the Colorado College student newspaper: “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.”
A Frontier Airlines spokeswoman declined to comment on whether the flight crew was complicit in the making of the video, but told ABC News in a statement “all safety measures were followed and the seatbelt sign was off”.
Aviation experts said the dancing probably had no effect on the structural integrity of the aircraft, which are built to endure severe turbulence.
The Harlem Shake has become an internet sensation in recent weeks, with office workers, firemen and Playboy Playmates uploading clips to YouTube.
No specific moves are required – each clip opens with one dancer gently bopping away to Baauer's ‘Harlem Shake’ before the bassline drops and the scene cuts to everyone in the room frantically throwing themselves around.
Some wear fancy dress while others don hats and helmets - with comedic results.