Update – 9:15 p.m.
YouTuber Adam Saleh who claimed he was kicked off a Delta flight after speaking in Arabic to his mother on Wednesday says this incident wasn't just another one of his pranks.
Earlier, Delta released a statement claiming the YouTuber and other passengers involved had been shouting and trying to cause a disturbance on the plane – possibly for a video.
Saleh eventually caught another flight home. When he landed in New York, Saleh posted a statement on Twitter that appears to be in response to Delta's last statement.
"Yes we're pranksters, and it sounds like the boy who cried wolf but today you can clearly see its as real as it gets," Saleh's post reads.
He added that he won't be speaking to the media again until he talks with his attorney.
Update – 5:45 p.m.
Delta says a YouTuber's account that he was kicked off a flight simply for speaking Arabic isn't accurate.
Adam Saleh took to Twitter early Wednesday to say he was removed from the flight from London to New York after he said words in Arabic to his mother. He later was booked on another flight home.
His original flight was scheduled to get in late this afternoon – it did, and Delta now says it was able to speak with passengers on that plane, as well as the crew.
According to their account, Saleh and the other passenger who were taken off "sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behavior, including shouting."
"This type of conduct is not welcome on any Delta flight," the statement says.
The airline also noted Saleh's YouTube is full of "prank" videos, and said it was "clear these individuals sought to violate" the safety and comfort of passengers.
Saleh is likely still in the air, since he had to catch a later plane, and has not posted a response to social media.
You can read the original story from Wednesday below.
YouTuber Adam Saleh says he was kicked off a Delta flight after speaking in Arabic to his mother, and chronicled the aftermath on social media.
Saleh, who has more than 1.6 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, uploaded the video to Twitter around 5 a.m. Wednesday. It shows him being escorted from the plane, explaining what happened from his viewpoint, and also asking the cabin about why this is happening. It already has 263,000 retweets.
Here's the video:
On his Twitter account, he follows it up with some archived Periscope videos, talking about what happened.
He recounts what happened over and over, insisting that all he did was speak in Arabic to his mother. He says they try to speak Arabic more to each other because they don't do it very often. They've spoken the language on other flights and never had an issue.
So when one a member of the flight crew came over and asked to speak to them off the plane, "I pulled out my camera right away because I knew ... I knew he was trying to kick us out," Saleh said.
He doesn't mention where he was flying from, but was just in Australia and yesterday made it do Dubai, and said he was scheduled to go to London, then to New York City.
The first mention of the incident came at 4:22 a.m., and after waiting at the airport and getting re-checked, they were put on another flight. They're scheduled to land in New York just before 6 p.m., and Saleh tweeted he plans to speak to his lawyer asap.
A lot of his videos involve pulling pranks or doing "experiments," many times in public. So keep that in mind here, too.
Update: Delta's response
Delta released a longer statement late Wednesday morning saying it's "gathering all of the facts before jumping to any conclusion."
"We take all allegations of discrimination seriously," the statement says, while reiterating there was a "disturbance" that caused more than 20 customers to express discomfort. "Our culture requires treating everyone with respect. Furthermore, Delta people are trained to and frequently handle conflicts between passengers."
They've spoken with Saleh, and he was rebooked. And they plan to speak to the flight crew and other passengers when the original flight – which took off from Heathrow – lands later Wednesday afternoon.
The airline also notes keeping the environment safe and secure is "paramount," and requires cooperation from the flight crew and travelers.
"This is a Delta policy and is required by U.S. regulations as well as others governing aviation worldwide," Delta says.
Delta had been replying to people on Twitter with this three-tweet message:
"Two customers were removed from this 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."
Delta's relationship with Minnesota
Delta is based in Atlanta, but is a huge player at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. MSP is considered one of the airline's hubs, and it's one of the biggest airlines there.
Delta has about 80,000 employees worldwide – about 8,500 of them in Minnesota, the state's economics department says, making them one of the largest employers.