YouTube star Adam Saleh has denied he was pulling one of his notorious pranks when he got booted from a Delta flight Wednesday. He claims he was kicked off for speaking Arabic.
"This was not a prank, no prank at all," Saleh said as he arrived at JFK Airport in New York Wednesday night. "My life is not a prank. I wouldn't be joking about something like this."
He says he and a friend were kicked off the New York-bound aircraft from London’s Heathrow Airport after briefly speaking Arabic.
Some passengers on that Delta flight supported him.
One person told Inside Edition: “The guy didn't seem threatening. I think he was just trying to take his seat and get ready for a long flight, like the rest of us.”
"He said he was talking Arabic to his mother on a plane," another said. "I don't think that's reason to kick somebody off a plane."
But other passengers paint a different picture of what happened.
“It seemed like he was very prepared before, what he was planning to do,” said one passenger.
Another added: “People were crying. They felt so uncomfortable.”
“Multiple passenger statements [were] collected," Delta said in a statement. "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."