It’s hard to believe that in 2016, racial profiling is still a prevalent problem; and JusReign being detained at the airport earlier this year was proof that not even being a household name can protect you from internalised racism. But an incredibly upsetting new video from prank YouTuber Adam Saleh reveals the extent of how bad things are apparently getting.
Adam was reportedly speaking to his mother on the phone in Arabic, before he and his friend were asked to step off the plane to talk to Delta representatives.
As he filmed the incursion, several white passengers can be heard jeering and shouting “bye!” in the background.
A follow-up Periscope broadcast from Adam reveals that the Delta reps supposedly changed their tone of how they spoke to him every time the camera was on.
While this does seem like a genuine and distressing experience, Arab-based pranks and “social experiments” are one of Adam’s specialties on his channel; plane pranks especially have gained him hundreds of thousands of views.
This has led some to cast doubt on the legitimacy of his story.
But if Adam’s side of the story is anything to go by, this one particular experience might have some legitimacy – Adam apparently plans to speak to his lawyers when he eventually returns to NYC.
Delta’s official statement reads: “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.”