Delta Airlines Kicked a YouTube Star Off a Flight “for Speaking a Different Language”
In total WTF news today, YouTube star Adam Saleh posted a video to his Facebook page which shows him and a friend getting kicked off their Delta Airlines flight after speaking Arabic to each other and on the phone. While Delta has regularly ranked high on safety, the airline gets low marks for customer satisfaction. But while usually people might complain about the frustrations of lost luggage, being kicked off a plane for speaking Arabic, well, that’s a new low.
We got kicked out of a Delta airplane because I spoke Arabic on the phone with my mom and to my friend slim…. please help spread the word
Posted by Adam Saleh on Wednesday, December 21, 2016
In the video, posted to Adam’s Facebook page, we see the two men being escorted off the plane by flight attendants while a number of passengers yell, “BYE!” According to Adam Salah, he’d called his mother to tell her he had boarded, which made white men around him uncomfortable. They were uncomfortable, he said, because he was speaking Arabic.
The fact that people can’t even speak another language in public these days is pretty terrifying. Even more so, that only one person on board the flight seems to be speaking up on Adam’s behalf and that the flight attendants took it upon themselves to remove the two men from the airplane. What they should have done was tell the men who felt uncomfy that they should just get over themselves.
Adam Saleh has a huge YouTube channel where he pulls practical jokes and stunts on camera. While the prankster is most well known for tricking his hapless family (always with love), his Delta video isn’t a joke. He’s talked about his travel woes before, including when he was stopped at Heathrow in London for a “random” security check, but this is some next-level racism.
Delta hasn’t responded to the video yet, but we’re suspecting that they’re scrambling to figure out how to respond to an internet star being booted from an airline right before the holidays.
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