YouTubers Adam Saleh and Slim Albaher released two new videos on their respective YouTube accounts after they claim to have been kicked off of a Delta flight for speaking Arabic on Wednesday (Dec. 21, 2016).
In the first new video on Saleh’s account, the vlogger recalls the events that happened just before they were escorted off of the plane, as seen in the original video from Wednesday. He says that a white woman complained that their speaking of Arabic made her “uncomfortable,” and that her male traveling companion proceeded to yell, “Chuck them off the plane!” This proclamation allegedly caused other passengers to yell the same thing. Saleh claims that the captain of the flight came to speak to them when other passengers continued to protest their stay onboard and eventually asked them to step off of the flight to speak to him, requesting that they bring their bags. This is when Saleh decided to start filming the incident.
Saleh says that a Delta employee spoke to them and claimed that the airline has “done this many times in the past” before another Delta employee told him to stop speaking to Saleh and Albaher. When the police came, they allegedly told the YouTubers to keep the video and make a complaint.
Albaher compares their incident to the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, saying that the recurring disclosure about their history as pranksters in media coverage of the story has created an air of skepticism around their case. “Clearly, this is reality,” they say. Albaher also takes ownership of the incident. “I was the cause of everything. This all happened because of me. I couldn’t speak up for myself and Adam spoke up for me,” he says. “This whole thing is about me and all of these news outlets are using Adam’s face and his past against him, and this is my issue. This was about me.”
In the second new video on Albaher’s YouTube channel, the duo shares more footage from when they were being escorted off of the flight, from when they were speaking the flight crew and the captain afterward and while they were waiting in the terminal for their next flight. Towards the end of the video, a supporter of theirs is seen coming to take a photo with them until a security guard asks to see her ID. Watch:
Delta issued a statement on Wednesday after their original video went viral, saying that they were removed from this flight and were later rebooked after a “disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort.” “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,” the statement read. Saleh also posted a statement on their behalf on his Twitter account after they arrived in New York City later in the evening.
Thank you for all your support pic.twitter.com/ukQ4EGVQ6r
— Adam Saleh (@omgAdamSaleh) December 22, 2016
Watch Saleh’s newest video at the top of the page.