Heartwarming moment an American Airlines ground worker starts dancing with his batons in the middle of the tarmac to cheer up a child who was crying on a plane he was directing
- Jahmaul Allen, 28, an American Airlines ramp agent, was caught on video working the tarmac with his batons and dance moves just before Christmas
- Allen says he saw a crying child on the plane and wanted to make her smile
- The video uploaded by a passenger to Instagram went viral on social media being viewed more than 1.7 million times
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An American Airlines employee brightened up the holidays for passengers taking off from Toronto Pearson International Airport by busting some moves.
Jahmaul Allen, 28, a ramp agent with American Airlines for two years, was recorded by a passenger breaking into a dance routine for a crying child on board the flight he was directing, according to ABC News.
‘I felt like I needed to brighten that child’s life,’ Allen told ABC. ‘I just made her smile and stop crying, and the mother was there applauding me, encouraging me to dance more, so then I continued to dance.’
Footage shows Allen directing the plane before adding a series of shakes, shimmies and enthusiastic gestures with his batons, to the laughter and delight of the passengers viewing him from the aircraft.
Jahmaul Allen, a ramp agent for American Airlines at Toronto Pearson International Airport, was caught on video dancing to entertain a crying child on board a flight before Christmas
‘I just love what I do and I love making the passengers happy,’ the airport entertainer said.
The video taken by Instagram user @ekaterina_irko.
‘Canada is lit!’ the Instagram user wrote in Russian captioning the video. ‘This man is the hero of our American trip.’
Allen is now recognized by passengers for his holiday antics, and he still occasionally busts out the moves for them to add a little lift to their flights.
‘I usually don’t really have an impact on anyone. No one really notices me,’ the ramp agent who dreams to be a pilot some day said to ABC. ‘So for this to happen, for this to surface — it’s actually a blessing.’
Allen, who wants to be a pilot some day, says he loves making the passengers happy
Allen’s routine included shakes and shimmies with some waving flourishes of his baton
‘It made a great way to end off 2018,’ the latest Internet sensation added.
For anyone who may be concerned that his dancing might conflict with the safe execution of his job, Allen did tell Global News that the pilots themselves are never confused.
‘The flight has a perfect path,’ Allen said of the flight in the video. ‘It knows where it’s going, it knows where it’s going to be parked and it’s not being interrupted whatsoever from my dance moves.’
Allen’s joyful routine ended with a big pose, a final shimmy and a wave of his baton