Adam Saleh, a YouTube star, accused Delta of kicking him off a flight Tuesday morning for speaking Arabic to his mom and friend.
It turns out he was doing a lot more than just that, according to a statement by Delta.
Upon landing the crew was debriefed and multiple passenger statements collected. Based on the information collected to date, 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. While one, according to media reports, is a known prankster who was video recorded and encouraged by his traveling companion, what is paramount to Delta is the safety and comfort of our passengers and employees. It is clear these individuals sought to violate that priority.
Saleh and his companion were loud and proactive, multiple passengers confirmed to Delta.
People questioned the validity of this incident because Saleh, who is a YouTube prankster, was recently in trouble for pulling a prank at another airport.
He fit himself into a tiny suitcase and illegally flew in the baggage hold from Melbourne to Sydney.
He also has pulled other hoaxes to smear law enforcement.
For a man with a more than questionable past with pranks of this sort, it’s hard to cut Saleh a break and say it was all a coincidence–it seems like another one of his pranks.
Here’s what went down from Saleh’s angle on his Delta Airlines flight.
“We spoke a different language on the plane and now we’re getting kicked out…this is 2016.”
The reaction of other passengers on the flight was mixed. Some passengers stayed quiet, other passengers supported Saleh, and some let out a condescending yelling “Bye” as Saleh was being removed.
Before concluding their investigation, Delta released a statement regarding the situation.
We take all allegations of discrimination seriously and we are gathering all of the facts before jumping to any conclusion. Our culture requires treating everyone with respect. Furthermore, Delta people are trained to and frequently handle conflicts between passengers.
Maintaining a safe, comfortable and orderly onboard environment is paramount for every flight and requires the cooperation of all of our customers in conjunction with adherence to directions from our crew members. This is a Delta policy and is required by U.S. regulations as well as others governing aviation worldwide.
Two customers were removed from Delta flight 1 departing London-Heathrow today after a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort.
We have spoken with the customers who were removed; they were rebooked on another flight. Plans are in place to immediately speak with our crew and other passengers when the flight lands this afternoon. We will provide an update once we have more information.
The video prompted the hastag #BoycottDelta to trend.
Saleh caused quite a social media ruckus with his actions, who knows what the repercussions of his action will be.
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