YouTube prankster Adam Saleh claims he was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight for speaking Arabic to his mother on the phone. Passengers, however, claim Saleh was pumping his fist in the air, shouting, and causing a disruption in the cabin.
Saleh posted video online of himself and his friend, Slim Albaher, being kicked off the plane. Saleh claims passengers felt uncomfortable when he spoke Arabic on a phone call, so Saleh was then escorted before the flight ever took off.
“We’re getting kicked out because we spoke a different language,” Saleh says in the video. “This is 2016. Delta Air Lines are kicking us out because we spoke a different language … It’s six white people against us bearded men.”
Anthony Ellis, a passenger on the plane, told MadisonsCPC via email that Saleh was purposely trying to cause a disruption and Saleh was “filming the reactions to his friend shouting.”
“I was on row 36, he was on row 38, maybe 6ft from them,” he said. Alarmed over the stunt on the plane, as many as “15 passengers” expressed concern over the incident.
Many passengers complained about Saleh, claiming that he was thrown out for causing a disturbance.
Delta’s official statement also suggests that Saleh was ejected for being loud and disruptive, not for speaking Arabic on a phone call to his mother.
Delta released a statement stating that after a thorough investigation, the airline believes Saleh and his friend were removed because they sought to provoke and disrupt.
“Upon landing the crew was debriefed and multiple passenger statements collected. Based on the information collected to date, it appears the customers who were removed sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behavior, including shouting. This type of conduct is not welcome on any Delta flight. While one, according to media reports, is a known prankster who was video recorded and encouraged by his traveling companion, what is paramount to Delta is the safety and comfort of our passengers and employees. It is clear these individuals sought to violate that priority.”
Saleh's claims are met with skepticism by some thanks to his history of producing controversial pranks on planes, which happen to be similar to this incident. In fact, some of his pranks have been exposed as fake. Just a few weeks ago, Saleh lied about an incident when he claimed on video to have smuggled himself onto a plane in a suitcase while traveling from Melbourne to Sydney.
Video footage released by the Air Line showed Saleh boarding the aircraft and that his prank was just a hoax.
In another “prank” Saleh filmed himself counting down in Arabic on a plane.
Predictably, he New York Times and other mainstream media outlets have suggested that Saleh’s handling could have been caused by Islamophobia, and now celebrities are boycotting Delta after the recent incident, despite the barrage of evidence against Saleh’s story.
This is another example of "fake news" being conjured up by the media.