March 1, 2013 by Charlie Eisenhood in Livewire with 4 comments
I cannot make this up. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating Frontier Airlines after video surfaced of the Colorado College ultimate team, en route to San Diego for the President’s Day Invite, doing the Harlem Shake at 30,000 feet.
First of all, here’s the video:
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CNN has the story:
[quote]…The Federal Aviation Administration says it is looking into one instance of high-altitude dancing.
And airline pilots, flight attendants and others say the fad presents serious safety and security problems.
“It’s ridiculous,” said Jim Tilmon, a retired 29-year airline pilot. “A commercial airplane in flight … is not a dance hall, it’s not an entertainment stage, it’s not any of those things.”
“I hate to be a bureaucratic kill-joy,” agreed Steve Wallace, former director of the FAA’s Office of Accident Investigation. “I think there is a safety issue here. Turbulence injuries are the most common type of injuries, and they are virtually eliminated when people are in their seat belts.”
The students said they had the approval of the flight crew, who let them use the plane’s public address system to tell other passengers about their intentions.
“We wanted to make sure that we followed every regulation and that nothing went wrong, and that it was OK with (the airplane crew),” said team member Matt Zelin. “We just figured being on a plane, you know, you need to make sure everything is safe, and we just talked to flight attendants and they were excited.”[/quote]
The best part of this story?
“A Harlem shake dance could also be used by terrorists to divert a crew’s attention, the experts said.”
I’ve got nothing.