A YouTuber Says He Was Removed From a Delta Flight Due to Racism
While some people face racism in the streets, others might be encountering it in the air.
YouTube star Adam Saleh was allegedly asked to leave a Delta Airlines flight on Wednesday simply for speaking Arabic. His footage capturing the aftermath has gone viral on Twitter – making some serious waves with almost 300,000 shares and the hashtag #BoycottDelta trending.
“We spoke a different language on the plane and now we’re getting kicked out,” says Saleh in the footage of him getting escorted off the plane. “Look, Delta Airlines is kicking us out because we spoke a different language.”
The internet sensation with over 2.25 million YouTube subscribers was apparently speaking a few words in Arabic over the phone with his mother, which he said lead to his removal.
“I cannot believe my eyes. I cannot believe it. I spoke a word — a different language — and you feel uncomfortable?” said Saleh in the footage.
— Adam Saleh (@omgAdamSaleh) December 21, 2016
His story spread like wildfire, with other people on social media taking a stand against discrimination.
— Benish Shah (@BenishHShah) December 21, 2016
— . (@sabrinayasminee) December 21, 2016
— ? (@onlyforbeth) December 21, 2016
@Delta It’s R4CI5T. Thank you
— Kopites (@storeaa) December 21, 2016
However, Saleh is best known for his pranks – many of which involve flying and airlines — meaning the whole ordeal has been rumored to be a hoax. After the social media frenzy started, Delta Airlines issued a statement.
“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. 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,” the company told BuzzFeed News.
Additionally, it was reported by the Metropolitan Police that Saleh and his friend were not arrested nor charged for any offenses.
— Ashley Rae (@Communism_Kills) December 21, 2016
— Lux (@Callux) December 21, 2016