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Saturday, Sep 25, 2021

Careful where you shake

Do the Harlem Shake!
Colorado’s doing it, UGA is doing it, Mercer is doing it; we’re all doing it!
The ridiculous trend that swept the nation in no time has people wasting 30 seconds increments of their time just for the heck of it.
Apparently, one of the viral videos got federal attention when the antics took place on an airplane of all places.
I applaud their ingenuity, but still an airplane? That seems to be something that would cause an accident of “LOST” proportions. And no one wants that.
The video was filmed in mid-February by Colorado College students aboard a Frontier Airlines flight headed for San Diego.
After the video hit YouTube, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started raising some eyebrows at the possible safety violations within the video.
Fortunately for the Colorado College students, the staff of the airline company was involved and tried to clear up the issue with the FAA.
Frontier Airlines spokeswoman Kate O’Malley stated, “[a]ll safety measures were followed and the seat belt sign was off” at the time the video was filmed.
When questioned about why the FAA was looking into the problem in the first place, FAA spokesman Tony Molinero was quoted in the Colorado College student newspaper The Catalyst as saying, “They are still looking into it, it’s still open. I don’t know what the [investigators] were told about it, but when they saw the video they just decided to look into it because it is better to be safe than sorry.”
Maybe this is making a mountain out of a molehill, but I would be concerned about the safety of the passengers after watching the video myself.
In the video, there was the typical single individual dancing during the first part of the song, “Harlem Shake,” by New York-based DJ Baauer.
In this particular video, the student was wearing a football helmet and doing a fist pump combination - the usual.
When the bass dropped, the student in the helmet was joined by people in masks, a banana suit, random passengers dancing in their seats and in the isles.
In the bottom right corner of the screen, a child can be seen being raised into the air multiple times.
Of course, the entire phenomenon is completely pointless.
I guess doing it on a plane would make the time go faster, but it would definitely take some guts to try and get everyone (almost everyone) on the plane to join in on the fun.
Having participated in a Harlem Shake video, myself, I can say that the antics involved are a lot of fun, but can get a little intense depending on who is in the group dancing.
By this point in time, the Harlem Shake phenomenon is dying out and joining the ranks of Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ song and all of those other videos that got their two to three weeks of fame. Judging by the track record, I don’t even want to know what’s going to come next.


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