Colorado student talks to 10News about mid-flight Harlem Shake
FAA looking into Frontier Airlines flight to SD
Last Updated: 286 days ago
SAN DIEGO - One of the organizers of the mid-air "Harlem Shake" video that has gone viral spoke to 10News about the footage that has prompted an FAA probe.
In mid-February, members of Colorado College's Frisbee team organized the dance video during a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver to San Diego's Lindbergh Field.
In the video, which has reached nearly 500,000 views on YouTube, team members and several other passengers of all ages joined in on the dance.
An organizer told 10News over the phone that the dance was planned the night before the flight to San Diego.
"When we were getting on the plane, the guy that was in charge of it asked if we could do it," he told 10News. "Everybody was down for it, so when the seat belt sign went off and everything, we went on the loud speaker and made an announcement explaining what was going to happen."
10News asked, "You asked Frontier Airlines if you could do it?"
He responded, "Uh … yeah."
Local aviation expert Glenn Winn said he was stunned by what he saw.
"You have a weight-and-balance issue because that many people moving around in an aircraft could have the plane potentially losing control and it's very, very dangerous," said Winn.
So potentially dangerous, in fact, the FAA confirmed to 10News on Thursday that it is now investigating.
FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer told 10News, "By FAA regulations, passengers are required to be seated with their seat belts fastened during takeoff and landing."
10News asked the Colorado team member, "Knowing that, is that a little scary?"
He responded, "I don't know. It felt pretty safe."
A Frontier Airlines representative said, "All safety measures were followed and the seat belt sign was off."
Despite all of this worldwide attention, the team member said it was a one-time event.
"Would you do it again?" 10News asked.
"Probably not," he replied.
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