Passengers on board the same flight as YouTube star Adam Saleh have disputed his claims and have said ‘the entire thing was planned’ to get a reaction out of the passengers for his YouTube channel.
Many others online have also claimed that Saleh, who has allegedly pocketed thousands of pounds from ads on the recent YouTube video, purposely tries to provoke reactions from people to gain YouTube views.
Saleh, whose social media accounts have grown by 40% after the recent incident, was previously exposed for a hoax video where he claimed he was being stopped and searched for being ‘dressed as a Muslim’.
That video was seen by millions, earning Saleh thousands of pounds, and caused outrage across America but it later emerged that the ‘police officer’ arresting Saleh was a paid actor.
Saleh later apologised to his fans and claimed he was doing a reenactment of a previous incident.
One of the passengers on board the Delta Air Lines flight, Roderick J. Edens, said: ‘The entire thing was planned.’
‘He wasn’t on the phone with his mom speaking Arabic,’ he added
Edens posted a picture of a boarding pass to prove he was on the airplane when questioned by Saleh fans.
‘He and his friends were shouting in Arabic with their fists balled up in the air. They were removed from the plane for being loud and disruptive…. then started filming claiming they were victims.
‘These guys aren’t victims….they are social media wh***s.
Another passenger, Anthony, accused Saleh of lying about his experience and claimed he heard them planning the stunt.
Anthony, who also posted a picture of his boarding pass, said: ‘Neither of them was on any phone call I could hear them talking in plain American English.’
‘The YouTube guy was trying to get his friend to shout something in Arabic which he did a total of 4 times.’
‘He shouted it across the plane and the first two times I thought he was shouting maybe a friend or something,’
‘A couple of passengers after the second time said they were making themselves and their young children uncomfortable and could they shut up.
‘They told her to shut up and then he shouted it again and her husband started saying it to them. They were filming people’s reactions on their phones, I assume for some comedy YouTube video but they were made to delete it.’
Saleh had initially tweeted: ‘we got kicked out of a @Delta airplane because I spoke Arabic to my mom on the phone’ but in a new video where he explains what happened onboard the plane he claims it was in fact his friend, Slim Albaher, who was the one speaking in Arabic.
Others tweeted how Saleh uses Islamic sentiments to provoke people and then records their reactions to earn money from his YouTube channel.
Delta said in a statement yesterday that Saleh and Albaher were removed because they had been shouting and disrupting the cabin. The airline said more than 20 passengers had complained about them.
‘The customers who were removed sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behavior, including shouting.
‘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.’