Delta Says Muslim YouTube Prankster Was Removed From A Flight For Making Passengers Uncomfortable

Adam Saleh/ Twitter An Arab-American YouTuber is claiming he was removed from a Delta airline flight from London this morning after passengers said they ...
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An Arab-American YouTuber is claiming he was removed from a Delta airline flight from London this morning after passengers said they felt “uncomfortable” with him speaking to his mother in Arabic on the phone.

Adam Saleh, 23, whose YouTube videos have millions of fans, posted a dramatic video on Twitter claiming he had been “kicked out of” a Delta flight headed to New York early on Wednesday morning.

However, many social media users have expressed scepticism over what happened because Saleh is best known for posting “prank” videos involving airlines. In his most recent one he pretended to have “sent” himself to another country.

Lol I’m dying… He got busted again for lying ?????

— Protein Shaykh (@ProteinShaykh)

However, Saleh’s manager told BuzzFeed News that in his previous videos he always reveals his pranks, whereas the latest video was “as real as it gets.”

“We spoke a different language on the plane, and now we’re getting kicked out” says Saleh, who was travelling with his friend known as Slim Albaher.

The clip of him before being escorted by Delta airline staff has been retweeted nearly 150,000 times.

Delta Airlines confirmed there had been an incident and said in a statement to BuzzFeed News: “Two customers were removed from this flight and later rebooked after a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort. We’re conducting a full review to understand what transpired. We are taking allegations of discrimination very seriously; our culture requires treating others with respect.”

“This is 2016. Delta airlines is kicking us out” Saleh adds in the video, as passengers at the back of the aircraft wave at him and can audibly be heard in the short clip saying: “bye”.

“You guys are racist. I cannot believe my eyes. I cannot believe it. I spoke a word in a different language and you say you feel uncomfortable?” he says.

“I’m about to cry right now. Because we said a word in a different language and there’s six white people against us bearded men,” he says, adding he has an account with the airline.

One passenger nearby speaks up and says: “that is insane, that is so crazy why are you being kicked out?” as a flight attendant standing close by tells Saleh to step outside, the footage shows.

At the time of writing, Saleh said he was security checked again at Heathrow.

The Metropolitan Police was also contacted by the airline over the incident, Scotland Yard confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

In a statement a spokesperson said: “Police were called at approximately 11:00hrs on Wednesday, 21 December after two passengers were removed from a plane by crew at Heathrow Airport.

“Officers attended and the passengers were escorted to the terminal where they were assisted with making alternative travel arrangements.

“They were not arrested and no offences were disclosed.”

UPDATE: Delta just brought the police to speak to us.

— Adam Saleh (@omgAdamSaleh)

Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Saleh’s spokesperson, based in London said he dropped the YouTube star at the airport at 9:30am and got a call from Saleh saying he had been “kicked off” the flight.

“He always speaks to his mum to get her blessings. As he was speaking, an American lady said she felt uncomfortable,” Saleh’s spokesman said.

“He’s upset with the fact it’s happened to him. ‘They targeted me of all people’” he said.

“He’s in tears. We dress like them, we think we are like them. It’s just a different skin colour.”

In a separate video, broadcast on periscope, Saleh, who is visibly distressed, says: “What are we supposed to do? We don’t know what to do.”

“We are literally off the pane because we spoke in Arabic I swear on my mum’s head, I will die on my own head, I’m not even joking, [or] exaggerating,” Saleh adds.

Saleh said around 17 passengers also said they also felt uncomfortable with him. He added only four Pakistani passengers backed him up and told the captain that he was “being stereotypical”. “Even the captain kew he was wrong”, Saleh says in the video.

In another video he urges his fans to boycott the airline.


— Adam Saleh (@omgAdamSaleh)

A number of social media users have speculated the incident is another one of Saleh’s hoaxes.

The Delta thing was another hoax.

— Kevin House (@Kevin_House1)

this Delta thing is looking to be a hoax ????

— DNR (@incredibleRX)

I bet you that whole delta situation is a hoax

— Spooky Harambe ?? (@JonnyFutballpls)

Aisha Gani is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
Contact Aisha Gani at [email protected]


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