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This Delayed Traveler's 4-hour Dance Around the Atlanta Airport Is Going Viral

Travel + Leisure logo Travel + Leisure 4 days ago Cailey Rizzo
a group of people standing in front of a store: Passengers wait to go through security at the north terminal of the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia on May 17, 2016. © MLADEN ANTONOV/Getty Images Passengers wait to go through security at the north terminal of the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia on May 17, 2016.

Sometimes there’s just nothing left for you to do but dance.

Over the past few weeks, the government shutdown has caused aggravation at airports around the country. Earlier this week, Katie Gould, a law student, was stranded at Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

“I actually missed my flight because security was so long,” Gould told Travel + Leisure. “I'm used to Hartsfield-Jackson security being busy, but this was more than usual for the time of day. They had less TSA agents than they normally do, so I assumed the shut down had something to do with it.”

It was four hours until Gould could board the next flight to Milwaukee. Instead of killing time watching TV like she normally does, Gould turned the delay into an opportunity.

Whereas some people might head to the airport bar and stew over their bad luck, Gould decided to let out her feelings through the medium of dance.

After polling friends for their interest, Gould got to work. “I just decided to put my phone in random places and film myself doing little dances,” she told T+L. “My mom is a flight attendant so I know my way around the airport very well. I just spent the next 4 hours waiting on my next flight by going to different gates and dancing!”

Putting on Hall & Oates’ undeniable bop “You Make My Dreams,” Gould popped, shimmied and two-stepped around the airport. She even attempted a floss.

And, because no dance video is complete without a guest appearance, halfway through the exuberant montage, a cat (whose name is Bowie) graces the screen.

“I was pretty frustrated that whole day with missing my flight, but doing something fun and silly really helped remind me not to take life too seriously,” Gould said. “I'm just glad it made so many people happy! Also, I hope it inspired people to travel a bit more and not be afraid to get out of their comfort zone, I think the world needs that right now.”

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