Published: Thu, December 22, 2016
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

YouTube personality kicked off Delta flight after speaking Arabic


On December 21st, Saleh, his mother, and a friend were on a flight from London's Heathrow Airport back to the United States when a Delta Airlines employee escorted the YouTube personality off of the plane.

"You guys are racist", he said. "I'm about to cry right now seriously because I said a word in a different language and there's six white people against us bearded men?".

The airline says is is reviewing the situation to understand exactly what took place.

But Saleh defended his experience on Wednesday.

Saleh, who has millions of followers subscribed to his YouTube channels, posted numerous times from an airport in London where he said Delta had asked them to wait.

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"We're getting kicked out because we spoke a different language". As he raises his voice in protest, the other passengers can be heard in the background, mocking him saying, "Bye!" And in November, Delta issued a public apology after employees failed to intervene as a Delta passenger stood up before a flight to deliver a pro-Trump rant and mock "Hillary bitches". Though Saleh's videos frequently consist of pranks and social experiments, some of which have involved airlines, his management company told NBC in an email, "I can assure you that this was not a prank".

Saleh later wrote that he spoke with police and went through another security check before boarding a different flight to New York City. The incident with Adam Saleh, said Fusion, was just the latest in a long line of incidents that have increased with frequency since August.

US airlines have been involved in a number of similar incidents this year of others feeling "uncomfortable".

Other Twitter users have noted Saleh's history of producing airline "prank" videos. He told CBSN that he was speaking to his mother in Arabic, as he does every time he flies, when a passenger in front of him told him he should speak English because his speaking Arabic made her feel uncomfortable.

After he tweeted about being booted from the Delta flight, some people on Twitter used the hashtag #boycottdelta in support of Saleh, while other questioned the legitimacy of the incident.

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