YouTube star Adam Saleh says he was kicked out of Delta flight for speaking Arabic

Delta said he was asked to leave the London to New York flight this morning following an unspecified "disturbance".

By: AFP | New York | Updated: December 22, 2016 9:18 am
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A Yemeni-American YouTube star from New York, Adam Saleh, called for a boycott of Delta Airlines after charging he was removed from one of its flights today for speaking Arabic. Delta said he was asked to leave the London to New York flight this morning following an unspecified “disturbance”. “We spoke a different language on the plane, and now we’re getting kicked out,” the 23-year-old prankster, who has more than 2.2 million YouTube followers, said in a video filmed as the incident unfolded, and posted on Twitter.

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Saleh said he had been talking to his mother on the phone when fellow passengers complained, and he was told to leave.

“You guys are racists. I spoke a different language and you say you feel uncomfortable! I can’t believe my eyes. We spoke a different language and now there are six white people against us bearded men.”

Several passengers could be seen voicing their support for Saleh, with one calling out the airline staff in protest, but others at the rear of the aircraft seemed to approve, waving him off and saying “Good Bye”.

After an hours-long delay involving more security checks, Saleh said he was finally able to board a flight to New York with a different airline — and would head straight to see his lawyer.

Three hours after it was posted, Saleh’s video had been retweeted more than 200,000 times, and the hashtag #BoycottDelta — which he included in a subsequent tweet –was trending on Twitter.

It was the latest of several cases in the past year in which passengers have run into trouble on American flights for speaking Arabic — or in one case, for writing mathematical equations that passengers mistook for Arabic.

In a statement on the incident, the airline said it was investigating allegations of discrimination.

“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,” it said.

“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.”

Delta declined to provide further comment when contacted by AFP.

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    Amit
    Dec 22, 2016 at 4:22 am
    Excellent but too mild.
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      Amit
      Dec 22, 2016 at 4:23 am
      He looks more like a joker than any star
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        Guest4321
        Dec 22, 2016 at 9:14 am
        why speak the language spoken (or loved) by terrorists and in which one of the most regressive and fundamentalist medieval philosophy is preached.
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          Mujeeb
          Dec 22, 2016 at 10:00 am
          Rana - He is Human Just Like You.
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            raghav
            Dec 22, 2016 at 10:09 am
            This is the problem with the terrorist fraternity. They think they are supreme and is the fundamental reason of this stupid religion. Any possibility of throwing them out to Mars..?
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              Sanjay Kulkarni
              Dec 22, 2016 at 12:04 pm
              This is how the world should treat those that have even some similarities with Islamic terrorists.
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                sdas
                Dec 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm
                Well said - these bearded men are killing innocent civilians with guns, trucks, planes and knives. Any normal human being would be terrified to be near them.
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                  subraman
                  Dec 22, 2016 at 6:28 am
                  If indeed he was kicked out because he spoke in a different language, then it is simply racial discrimination. And those who have come out supporting Delta airlines, please remember it can happen to you also.
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                    Paul Harrison
                    Dec 22, 2016 at 7:01 am
                    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump called the attacks this week in Berlin and Ankara “terrible” on Wednesday and said he has been proven to be correct about his plans to impose curbs on Muslims immigrating to the United States. “What’s going on is terrible, terrible,” Trump told reporters, when asked about the truck attack that killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin and the killing of Russia’s ambador to Turkey by a gunman in Ankara
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