Was This YouTube Prankster Kicked Off Delta?
Adam Saleh, whose prank videos have garnered him a significant online following, has accused Delta airlines of kicking him off of a flight because he spoke Arabic to his mom on the phone before takeoff.
CBS News reports that Saleh, who takes numerous flights every month, said when he was speaking with his mother, a woman who was sitting in front of him turned around and told him to speak English.
Saleh then reportedly told the woman he could speak whatever language he likes. That’s when her husband stood up and screamed at him. Then roughly 20 passengers allegedly said they were uncomfortable with Saleh and his Arabic-speaking companion. The two were approached by the captain, who Saleh said appeared to be “ashamed” and “embarrassed,” when he asked them to leave the plane.
In one video posted to Saleh’s Twitter page, you can see Saleh being escorted off the plane.
— Adam Saleh (@omgAdamSaleh) December 21, 2016
In a statement, Delta said:
“Maintaining a safe, comfortable and orderly onboard environment is paramount for every flight and requires the cooperation of all of our customers in conjunction with adherence to directions from our crew members. This is a Delta policy and is required by U.S. regulations as well as others governing aviation worldwide.
“Two customers were removed from Delta flight 1 departing London-Heathrow today after a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort.
“We have spoken with the customers who were removed; they were rebooked on another flight. Plans are in place to immediately speak with our crew and other passengers when the flight lands this afternoon. We will provide an update once we have more information.”
Saleh, a self-described “professional idiot,” has more than 1.6 million subscribers to his TrueStoryASA YouTube channel, and more than 2.2 million subscribers to his Adam Saleh Vlogs YouTube channel. He primarily populates the channels with prank videos as well as videos about Muslim life.