‘Harlem Shake’ reaches new heights; FAA not amused

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harlem shakes on planeWashington (CNN) — It’s the dance sensation that’s sweeping above the nation — at 30,000 feet.

The Harlem shake has gone aloft, breaking out on commercial airline flights, and appearing in dozens of YouTube videos.

Some of the videos were taped aboard planes on the ground. But 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.

“It’s cute, novel, all that sort of stuff,” he said, adding, “Wrong place, wrong time.”

Experts say they are not trying to be party poopers.

“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.”

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  • Dustin

    I'm stationed in Germany and just watched this on AFN News and I feel that it is great that people are able to get on a plane and still be able to have fun instead of being scared to fly. I could understand that after the event of 9/11 sure wrong place and wrong time but just because something bad happened doesn't mean that people can't have fun and show that they are able to overcome the adversity that our country has subjected to in the past. I'm more than sure that every person on the aircraft was involved as all of the seats were empty. I think it was funny and would more than gladly have joined in on it.

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