Today we stumbled across the story of YouTube prankster Adam Saleh’s “real as it gets” incident that saw him and a friend kicked off a Delta flight for speaking Arabic.
Seems pretty outrageous, but one look at a self-shot video of what happened and a few Google searches reveal there’s nothing really to be outraged by.
First, the incident:
And now some context.
Saleh is known for provocative pranks, including one where he goaded an NYPD officer into racially profiling a pair of Muslim men and another where he apparently smuggled himself onto a plane in a suitcase. He is a self-described “professional idiot” who makes his living by tricking teens into believing he’s edgy.
His most recent schtick seems to have been another attempt to monetize racism.
A passenger on the flight said Saleh made his friend shout across the plane in Arabic so he could film other passengers’ reactions. That footage was deleted, of course. This happened four times, and some people understandably became uncomfortable. Saleh’s released footage begins after Delta staff stepped in to remove the pair.
“It appears the customers who were removed sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behaviour, including shouting,” said Delta in a statement.
“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 travelling 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.”
Was Delta being prejudiced or simply not taking a self-righteous YouTuber’s sh*t? Probably the latter.
If you go looking for trouble, don’t be surprised when you find it.