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Delta airlines is denying a claim from a YouTube star alleging he was removed from a flight Wednesday for speaking Arabic.
Adam Saleh, who is notorious for his pranks on YouTube, and a friend were removed from a Delta flight following “disturbance in the cabin,” the airline said in a statement.
A tweet from Saleh alleging Delta employees removed him from the flight for speaking Arabic, gained more than half a million retweets and was met with outrage and skepticism alike.
Saleh is known for crafting viral incidents.
After conducting an interview into the incident, Delta said Saleh and another traveler were removed over “provocative behavior” that disturbed other customers onboard the flight.
“Based on the information collected to date, it appears 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,” a statement from Delta said.
“While one, according to media reports, is a known prankster who was video recorded and encouraged by his traveling 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,” the statement continued.
On Wednesday, Saleh posted several videos on Twitter and Periscope showing him being removed from a Delta flight.
After the incident, Saleh said on Twitter that after being “checked” for 30 minutes, he boarded another plane, and that he and his friend are “heading to our lawyer once in NYC.”
Watch videos of the incident below:
— Adam Saleh (@omgAdamSaleh) December 21, 2016