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FAA Probing Harlem Shake on a Plane

SAN DIEGO — It’s the latest dance craze — the Harlem Shake — and now it’s joined the mile high club.

The dance was performed over President’s Day weekend by the Colorado College Ultimate Frisbee team.

The students were on a Frontier Airlines flight on their way to a tournament in San Diego.

The video starts with a signature lone dancer, shaking in the aisle. Then, most of the plane’s passengers join in, with a human banana and an Abe Lincoln lookalike among the crowd.

The video has been viewed over 400,000 times on YouTube. The FAA has also seen it, and now they’re investigating.

According to reports citing federal officials, if the video was not recorded when the plane was taking off or landing — and the seatbelt signs were off — it’s likely not a crime.

But if the passengers didn’t have permission from the Frontier crew, they could be charged with interfering with a flight.

A Colorado College spokesperson says the students did have the flight crew’s permission.

A spokesperson for Frontier would not say if the crew gave its blessing, but did say, “All safety measures were followed and the seatbelt sign was off.”

The performance might remind you of one made last summer, en route to the London Olympics.

Colorado resident Missy Franklin and the U.S. Swim Team performed a “lip dub” to the popular song “Call Me Maybe.”

The video, viewed more than 11 million times, included the swim team singing and dancing down the aisle of a flight.

There were no reports of an FAA investigation into that incident.

–Carolyn Costello, KTLA News

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