YouTube Star Who Claims He Was Kicked Off Delta Flight for Speaking Arabic Denies It Was Prank
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."