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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
“They were not arrested and no offences were disclosed.”
“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.
A number of social media users have speculated the incident is another one of Saleh’s hoaxes.
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