FRESNO, Calif. (KGPE/CNN) -- A group of friends said they lost their jobs at a California airport after posting a viral video to the popular social media app TikTok. 

Tommy Chan said he and three other ramp agents decided to record the video toward the end of their shift at Fresno Yosemite International Airport. 

“We were done with work, we had 30 minutes left, we were like let’s make a video, whatever,” said Chan.

The four men can be seen dancing in front of a plane, on a baggage cart and inside the passenger area. 

They posted the video to TikTok on Jan. 24, and later shared it on Twitter. It quickly went viral and caught the attention of airport officials, who deemed it "inappropriate." 

The men said they were disciplined once the video started gaining thousands of views online.

“We heard from our bosses after our video hit about like 300,000 views, and so we had got the attention of a lot of people apparently, and I guess that they didn’t like that,” said another worker, Dannon Kredo.

Kredo said he has no regrets about making the now-viral sensation, which has so far gained more than 45,000 likes on TikTok.

“I don’t even understand what’s such a bad thing about what we did because we’re giving positive promotion for this company," he said. "People were talking about coming to our airport instead of maybe using other ones."

The four men were contracted workers hired by a third-party company, not Fresno Yosemite International. 

Still, the airport released the following statement addressing the incident:

“In the video, the employees’ inappropriate behavior in the work environment displays poor judgment and does not reflect the conduct expected of individuals working at FAT. 

The company employing these individuals has taken corrective action concerning the parties involved, as well as instructed the removal of the unauthorized video from social media.  FAT is working with the company to retrain its staff on appropriate behavior and to prevent these types of events in the future.”

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Ignorance of the laws and regulations regarding matters of such import as 9/11 brought upon the nation, and the world really, is no excuse for violations of same. If I were any one of these people, I would simply close my mouth! These guys apparently believe they are going to become some type of celebrity, get something beyond the proverbial 15 minutes of Fame as result of this but they should speak to their local federal public defender, learn about how the government can legally act in this matter, what the statute of limitations are on any crime they could possibly face, etc. They could be in very serious trouble simply because they appear in this video with another person who has a very loose connection to someone, who happens to know someone, who knows someone, who is in some obscure manner, associated with someone in the Taliban. They potentially could be arrested in ten or fifteen years and charged with a "Patriot act" crime. Wake up one beautiful morning in a little community outside LA someplace be out hunting for a new job, and get snatched up off the street by several huge dudes, who throw a black hood over them, toss em into back of some van, ND before they know it they are landing in Saudi dessert and re subjected to interagation, or "intelligence gathering" by US, or foreign officials who end up detaining them for seven or eight years because that person who was so far down the chain removed from these guys turns up on the radar himself loosely connected to some terrorist attack and this guy they have on video, so popularly exhibited in the US so long ago, which is so clearly him, and which he willingly participated in, and there he is, standing right next to that guy who we now know had ties to terrorists for purpose of recording secure area of airport, in violation of US laws.


How dare you try to have fun at work.....?? Sorry you guys got fired that really sucks.

Mr pickles

Interesting. I've found people who are happy at work, work harder, call in sick less and customers can tell. Makes for a better overall work environment. Signed ex-chef.


In fact, your shift wasn't over as there was 30 minutes left. If you had waited until you all were on "your" time then maybe it wouldn't has got you all fired


They exhibited secure areas of an airport, which is a violation of FAA regulations. Y.ou can observe those areas with a naked eye probably, but if you attempt to record those same areas it is a violation of federal law. Open and Shut. Why? That would be a question which should be directed at the US Department of Justice, who prosecutes such violations and more than likely not receive a straight answer, or from the FAA directly, who regulates access and operations at all airports in the country. Or perhaps even ask the US Border patrol. Who is tasked with enforcement at all ports and border crossing, with INS who is delegated responsibility for ports of entry and migration to and from the US. I feel extremely confident in predicting that no matter to which agency is put to the task, a clear answer as to what harm, or risk of potential harm these guys caused that warranted their immediate termination will not be forthcoming. But there are regulations and anyone who is working or who Isa contracted worker being considered for accessing an airport area not open to the general public, if they would be accompanied or not, signs specific documents wherein they acknowledge the regulated types of activities, as well as potential penalties, for violations of those regulations. They sign those documents agreeing to those conditiins, under oath or affirmation, and still may never be allowed free passage around areas which are clearly visible to all the world. That is just the reality of living in twenty first century America.

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