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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Muslim YouTube Star Who Made Hoax Video Targeting NYPD Claims He Was Booted Off Flight For Speaking Arabic

Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Beautycon
DECEMBER 21, 2016
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A Muslim YouTube star who made a hoax video in 2014 showing an
 NYPD officer stopping him for stop-and-frisk because he was wearing
 traditional Muslim garb is claiming Delta Airlines booted him off a flight
from London to New York because he was speaking on his phone to his
mother in Arabic.

We got kicked out of a @Delta airplane because I spoke Arabic to my mom on the phone and with my friend slim... WTFFFFFFFF please spread
Adam Saleh, 23, posted multiple videos to Twitter and Periscope that
showed Delta flight attendants escorting him off the plane. Saleh claimed
passengers “felt uncomfortable” and called flight attendants because he
 was speaking Arabic.
Slim Albaher, Saleh’s friend and fellow YouTube personality, was also
 escorted off the plane. Saleh complained, “They kicked us off the plane
 because a lady, because a lot of people felt uncomfortable. Delta Air Lines
 just kicked us out for speaking Arabic.”
Saleh told the Guardian, “Usually before I take off I speak to my mom. My
mom is 66 years old and she only speaks Arabic, so I was speaking to her
 in Arabic – it was a 30-second phone call.”

Saleh claimed that he continued by speaking to Albaher in Arabic and English,
adding, “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.’”
He stated that an older man the woman was traveling with snapped,  “Chuck
them of the f-ing plane!” prompting other men to call the captain. Saleh said
 the woman told the captain: “We feel uncomfortable – something happened
 in Germany. If they don’t leave, I leave.
According to Saleh, the captain then asked to speak to him and Albaher
outside. That was when Saleh started shooting videos. One featured him
 claiming the flight attendants told him and Albaher they were “too loud.”
He added, “All the racist people in there, they were like: ‘We feel uncomfortable,’
 but because there were like 20 of those racist people, the captain came and
 he kicked us out. I’m not letting this slide … They were screaming at us like
we were terrorists.”
Delta released a statement saying “two customers” had been removed from
a flight and 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.”
London’s Metropolitan police reported they were summoned to Heathrow
airport around 11 a.m., “after two passengers were removed from a plane
by crew at Heathrow Airport. Officers attended and the passengers were
 escorted to the terminal where they were assisted with making alternative
 travel arrangements. They were not arrested and no offenses were disclosed.”
According to reporter Soledad O’Brien, Saleh’s story may not be entirely true:

Soooo. I have a good friend on this flight right now. Getting additional details on how this went down. Standby 

A LOT still unclear. But apparently woman sitting near my friend tipped off flight attendants he was a youtube star known for pranks.

Mediate reported, “O’Brien’s source told her that the Delta flight attendants
were made aware that Saleh was a YouTube prankster.”
 A recent video by Saleh appeared to show him traveling from Melbourne to
 Sydney inside a suitcase, but the Guardian reported. “The airline later said
 that Saleh had sat in a regular seat on the flight and that travelling via the
 baggage section would have been impossible.”
As The Huffington Post reported in 2014, Adam Saleh and Sheikh Akbar
 admitted their viral video purporting to show Islamophobia on
 New York’s streets was staged. They wrote, “This video is a
 Dramatization of previous events that occurred with us in our tradition
clothing while filming in NYC. This video is not against the NYPD, it’s
just an example of what we have to go through sometimes when filming
 in NYC. This is to raise awareness for Racial Profiling.”
The video was titled “Racial Profiling Experiment.” It showed the two men
 wearing jeans and T-shirts, arguing near a police officer on a street corner.
 Nothing happened, but later they walked by him wearing keffiyeh scarves
and traditional long shirts; the officer forced them against a wall and searched
 them for weapons.
The original description of the video, in a cached version of the page,
We were filming another video for our channel with our cultural

clothing but we kept getting followed by Police. So, we decided

to film this social experiment on racial profiling. Too many

innocent people get stopped and frisked every day because of

what they wear or their skin color. We’re against people

stereotyping others because of what they wear or what skin

color they are. Hope you all can spread the message and help

bring an end to this.
The video was tweeted by the New York chapter of the Council on
 American-Islamic Relations as an example of discrimination against Muslims.
 CAIR later demanded an apology from Saleh and Akbar.  But as HuffPo
reported, “CAIR-New York’s director of operations, Sadyia Khalique, told
HuffPost that regardless of its authenticity, the video illustrates the very
real discrimination that Muslims in New York often face at the hands of the