The southwest is dancing employee is a social media sensation

A operations officer at the Greater Rochester International Airport has shot to viral fame after a video of him dancing on the asphalt was placed.


An employee at the Greater Rochester International Airport is dancing his way to fame after videos of him grooving on the work have gone viral.

Rochester native Kyran Ashford works with Southwest Airlines by JetStream Ground Services, the Democrat & Chronicle reports. He acts as a gate attendant for the airline, the scanning of the boarding passes, as well as a ramp agent where he directs the planes in and out of the ports. But he adds some much needed spice to these tasks.


Ashford antics were caught on camera by Terry McBride fly from Rochester, NY, to Nashville, TN. McBride uploaded the video on Facebook with the text, “So this just happened out of my window, as I was leaving New York headed back home to Nashville. This man rocks! #TarmacDancer #EmployeeOfTheMonth #TGIF #Southwest”

The video was uploaded Friday and has over 3 million views and more than 45,000 comments, and 50,000 shares.

Ashford, who loves to have a YouTube channel of his various musical and dance performances at the airport, said he was overwhelmed by the support and feedback he received from the viral video.

“I’m mind-blown by this whole thing,” he told the Democrat & Chronicle. “I did not sleep last night, just to look at all the reviews come.”


The New Yorker said he sees his job at the airport as a way to brighten people’s days.

“You don’t know why these people fly off … they could be going to a funeral,” he said.

He tries to give at least one passenger “30 seconds of positive vibes” before they board their plane.

“Everything I’ve done, that is all a part of who I am,” said Ashford. “My mother raised me to be the kind of man to walk around with a great character, and never be ashamed of who they are.”

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