The YouTube video starring Colorado College students doing the Harlem Shake has around 700,000 views and three of the students were on Friday morning's "Today" show.
The students -- Matt Zelin, and Frisbee team co-captains Conor Crowley and Gavin Nachbar said they were cleared by the flight attendants to do the dance and had no regrets in the face of the FAA investigation.
It was meant to be fun, they said.
The story also got play on other network morning shows.
Frontier Airlines in a statement said that all safety procedures were followed and the seatbelt sign was off. This was the second time Colorado College students performed the Harlem Shake. The first time was in Tutt Library on Feb. 12. See it here.
First downtown Colorado Springs.
Next, on a Frontier Airlines flight from Colorado Springs to San Diego.
Harlem Shake strikes again.
Colorado College students enroute to San Diego for an Ultimate Frisbee tournament filmed their version of the wild dance in the aisle of Flight 157 on Feb. 15, according to a story in The Catalyst, the college’s student newspaper.
Lots of attention, too. More than 400,000 hits online and an investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, The Catalyst said.
“They are still looking into it, it’s still open,” Tony Molinaro, a spokesman for the FAA told the newspaper. “…I don’t know where 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.”
Molinaro didn’t return a phone call Thursday for additional information.
According to The Catalyst, in the video, one student starts dancing in the center aisle near the front of the aircraft. After about 15 seconds of music, everyone on board starts dancing in what one passenger called “a riot on a plane.”
“Obviously I hope that this whole situation is solved with the FAA…,” Matt Zelin, the sophomore who filmed the dance and member of CC’s Frisbee team, told the newspaper. “I don’t see there being any reason why this should cause any trouble. We asked the staff and they said it was safe.”
Harlem Shake shook up downtown Colorado Springs Saturday when a group of around 200 people filmed the dance on Pikes Peak Avenue and Tejon Street.