YouTube star documents getting kicked off Delta flight, allegedly for speaking Arabic

Complicating matters, however, is [Adam Saleh]’s profession. The 23-year-old, who has more than 2 million followers on his YouTube channel alone, is a well-known internet prankster, leading some observers to call the veracity of the entire incident into question. Earlier this year, Saleg produced a video where he claimed he’d packed himself into a suitcase and illegally flown from Melbourne to Sydney, something the airline later proved was a hoax. In 2014, he and video producer Sheikh Akbar released a video claiming to show racial profiling from the New York City police. That video was staged, and both Saleh and Akbar apologized after the clip went viral. Nevertheless, though Delta is investigating the specifics of the incident, that Muslim and Arabic-speaking people could be barred from flights is not new. – Kwame Opam, The Verge