Social media star Adam Saleh removed from Delta plane
Delta launches review after YouTube star says he was forced off plane with a friend after speaking Arabic on the phone.
An American social media celebrity says he was removed from a New York-bound plane in London with a friend after speaking Arabic on the aircraft.
Adam Saleh posted video of the incident on Wednesday to his Twitter feed.
"Delta airlines kicked us out for speaking Arabic to my mom on a plane," Saleh tweeted.
By the time of publishing, a recorded clip he posted had been shared more than 300,000 times.
"We're getting kicked out because we spoke a different language," Adam Saleh says in the clip. "This is 2016. Delta airlines are kicking us out because we spoke a different language."
Addressing one his fellow passengers, he can be seen saying: "I spoke a word [of Arabic], and you said you feel uncomfortable?"
Saleh had been due to fly from London to New York with his friend Slim Albaher.
Saleh said that they were later placed on another flight, having been re-checked by security.
Saleh is a YouTube star, with more than 1.5 million subscribers. Many of his videos feature him carrying out practical jokes.
In a final message before taking off, Saleh told his 257,000 Twitter followers that he would be visiting his lawyer when he arrives in New York, apparently over the incident that had just taken place.
Several people have been removed from planes over the past two years.
In August, Delta removed a Muslim couple travelling from Paris to Cincinnati after a member of staff complained of feeling uncomfortable with them on board.
Also in August, British Muslim siblings were removed from an easyJet plane travelling from London to Naples after fellow passengers accused them of being members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group.
In November 2015, an American Muslim cited Islamophobia after being removed from a Lufthansa plane from Newark Liberty International Airport to Istanbul for further questioning.
He is a prankster so there are many out there calling it a prank, even delta tried to discredit him using his prankster channel. He made a 2nd video after the one on the plane explaining what happened. He didn't come out and say this is a prank. And in the 2nd link below he said he'll be talking to his attorney. I for one believe this is the real deal, unless he himself comes out and says it wasn't.
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