|Dancing up a storm - 'Harlem Shake' filmed on flight|
Around a week ago, I wrote a blog post about how an Air India pilot got into trouble when his YouTube rap video went viral, with lyrics that complained about the national carrier (click here, if you missed that article). And now it’s a ‘Harlem Shake’ video – filmed on-board a Frontier Airliners flight – that has prompted the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to launched an investigation.
The video was filmed by 18 college students, who were travelling to a Frisbee tournament in San Diego last month, according to CNN. It seems they asked the fight crew for permission and were allowed to use the aircraft’s public address system to inform other passengers about the stunt.
"We wanted to make sure that we followed every regulation and that nothing went wrong, and that it was OK with (the airplane crew)," CNN quotes team member Matt Zelin as saying. "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."
After the plane landed, they posted the 30-second video online, and it went viral. "And so it went from kind of this, kind of joking around idea among the team to something that was reality, and then it was on YouTube and there were hundreds of thousands of views and now we're talking to you guys," Zelin added.
The video is below and the last I checked, it had crossed the half-a-million views mark… impressive! At the same time, however, it set alarm bells ringing at the FAA.
"I hate to be a bureaucratic kill-joy," commented 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."
According to the CNN report, the FAA is "looking into" the video and trying to determine the circumstances of the videotaping (and whether the seat belt sign was on). Frontier Airlines could not comment because of the FAA investigation, but said "all safety measures were followed and the seat belt sign was off."
What are your thoughts? Was this a safety concern or a bit of fun? As always, please feel free to share your comments here, and you can also get in touch on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ - I look forward to connecting with you!