No clear timeline for FAA ‘Harlem Shake’ investigation

Jesse Paul

Editor-in-Chief

 

The Federal Aviation Administration still has not cleared a group of Colorado College students and Frontier Airlines of any wrongdoing for filming their in-flight “Harlem Shake” video two months ago.

“The investigation is still open,” Elizabeth Cory, a spokeswoman for the FAA, told The Catalyst on Tuesday.

The CC ultimate team performed the popular internet meme during a February 15 flight from Colorado Springs to San Diego on a Frontier Airlines Airbus A320. Flight attendants were aware of and encouraged the students’ plans to dance, allowing them to use the aircraft’s public address system.

The story of their dance and the ensuing investigation became national news last block when dozens of newspapers, television networks, and radio stations took interest in the story. By the end of sixth block, the students who organized the dance had faced probing questions from The Today Show’s Matt Lauer and were quoted in the Los Angeles Times.

Multiple aviation experts told The Catalyst that the dancing could not endanger the structural integrity of the aircraft and Frontier denied any wrongdoing.

While the FAA says it has not launched a formal investigation, they are still looking into the circumstances of the flight.

“It takes as long as it needs to,” Cory said of the length of the investigation. “I am sorry to say I do not have a timeline.”

The FAA did not comment on the number of investigators looking into the flight.

Two months later, sporadic media inquiries have continued to surface regarding the event.

“Obviously I hope that this whole situation is solved with the FAA…,” said Matt Zelin, the sophomore CC Frisbee team member who filmed the dance . “I don’t see…any reason why this should cause any trouble. We asked the staff and they said it was safe.”

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