A professional prankster claims he was kicked off a Delta flight simply because he was speaking Arabic. Allegedly, Saleh was on a Delta plane speaking on the phone to his mother, who only speaks Arabic. Supposedly, 20 customers expressed their discomfort with him speaking Arabic, and Saleh was removed.
Saleh, a popular YouTube personality who has more than 1.6 million subscribers, posted videos of him being escorted off the New York City-bound flight from London.
Saleh, who is a self-described “professional idiot,” called the customers “racists” as he and his friend are led off the plane.
“We spoke a different language on the plane, and now we’re getting kicked out,” he said in the video.
The video has sparked the hashtag #BoycottDelta to one of the top trending topics on Twitter and even a pettition has been launched on Change.org.
Parker Ward, who was also on the now infamous flight, has a little different story as to why Saleh was removed from the plane.
Our own Cass Anderson spoke to Ward to get more information on the situation.
Ward said he talked to two women who were sitting near Saleh, so the following is from a second-hand source as opposed to an actual witness.
“She claims they were indeed speaking Arabic loudly, and gesturing with a hand in the air. Was not on the phone. She then claims the friend then told him to ‘do it again.’ Which he did with more volume. Which caused passengers to speak to them, which began an argument that escalated to the crew being called.”
Delta issued a statement on the situation: “Two customers were removed from this flight and later rebooked after a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 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.”
It also should be noted that Saleh has a history of hoaxes and faking anti-Muslim incidents.
In 2014, Saleh created a video titled “RACIAL PROFILING EXPERIMENT!” The video showed Saleh and a friend wearing Western-style clothing get into an altercation in front of NYPD officer and the cop did nothing. Saleh and friend did the same situation, but this time wearing Muslim garb, and the cop intervened and even asks “Why are you dressed like that?” The video went viral and has nearly 2 million views and was picked up by major publications.
However, The Smoking Gun ran an exposé on the video and declared it an “obvious hoax.” After the story was published, this was added to the video’s description: “This video is a Dramatization of previous events that occurred with us in our tradition clothing while filming in NYC.”
Then only five days ago, Saleh made headlines after a video of him smuggling himself into another city by hiding inside a suitcase went viral. The video claims to show the 22-year-old actor being put inside a suitcase and checked into Tigerair Australia’s computerized airport terminal.
“There are a few inconsistencies in your production that don’t line up with reality. Anything over 32kg gets rejected and our friendly staff would have stepped in to assist with options, as indeed they did. We have the footage. It gets pretty cold at 36,000 feet without any heating. Had you been in the baggage hold, by the time you arrived in Sydney you would have been a popsicle. Thirdly, we have footage of you boarding the aircraft (using your legs) … Given what you have portrayed could have resulted in serious injury or worse to you and the people around you, we’d suggest you [remove] the video promptly.”
“We can confirm that the footage is not genuine and we have requested that the footage be removed as a consequence,” a Tigerairspokesperson said. “Tigerair Australia has a zero tolerance [policy] for inappropriate behavior and has investigated this matter as a priority.
More details on this story as they become available.