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Finally, the ‘Harlem Shake’ Is Getting a Federal Investigation

A bunch of students from the Colorado College ultimate Frisbee team managed to pull off a “Harlem Shake” video (yes, another one) while on an airplane. Federal authorities were not pleased.

Setting aside the question of what school sends its Frisbee players on a trip that requires a flight (isn’t that what the quad is for on campus—for Frisbee playing?), the Federal Aviation Administration decided to look into this particular clip because it was filmed while the plane was at 35,000 feet. “It may seem cute,” retired pilot Jim Tillman told CNN, “but you cannot tell me it is safe to have that number of people up out of their seat jumping up and down.”

The students say that the stunt was cleared with airline staff and the passengers, and that the fasten-seatbelt sign was turned off. Indeed, watching the video, it seems like just about everyone is involved. That could be beside the point, though. Having that many passengers dancing in their seats and in the aisles mid-flight may break numerous air-safety regulations.

We’re all for having some fun—especially on flights, which can be rather difficult to endure—but seriously, enough with the “Harlem Shake” already. No need to punish these college kids just for acting exactly like college kids, but if this is the beginning of the end of this already-gone-on-way-too-long trend, that’s fine.

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[The Week, CNN]

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