YouTube star kicked off flight for speaking Arabic; Social media abuzz

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An incident, in which YouTube star Adam Saleh, along with his friend were deboarded from a Delta flight for allegedly speaking ‘Arabic’ has been taking social media by the storm. The 23-year old recorded video of his removal and posted it on Twitter and Periscope. His video was retweeted over 726,000 times.

Saleh who was travelling with his friend Slim Albaher, another YouTube personality from London to New York said that when passengers heard him speak Arabic, they ‘felt uncomfortable’ and called flight attendants. He was then removed from the flight at London’s Heathrow airport.

“They kicked us off the plane because a lady, because a lot of people felt uncomfortable,” Saleh said. “Delta Air Lines just kicked us out for speaking Arabic.”

According to a report in The Guardian, Saleh said, “Usually before I take off I speak to my mom, who only speaks Arabic. After the call, I starting conversing with my friend in Arabic when ‘this lady that was sitting maybe four seats ahead of us turns around and says: ‘Oh my, you need to speak English, I’m feeling very uncomfortable.’” Saleh said after another passenger defended the two, an older man the woman was travelling with also got involved.

According to Saleh, he said: “Chuck them off the f-ing plane!” before other men stood up and called for the captain.

The woman who originally complained told the captain: “We feel uncomfortable – something happened in Germany. If they don’t leave, I leave,” according to Saleh.

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