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A Muslim YouTube star said he was kicked off a plane for speaking Arabic


In a video posted to Facebook on Wednesday, a Muslim YouTube star said he was kicked off a Delta Airlines plane for speaking Arabic.

Adam Saleh, 23, is a rapper and actor from New York City who hosts the YouTube channels Adam Saleh Vlogs and True Story ASA, which feature pranks and general humor videos. 

By 9:30 a.m. EST, a video of his encounter on Delta had more than three million views.

In the video, Saleh insists he did nothing wrong. Passengers said they felt uncomfortable.

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Saleh reacted to the incident in a series of videos posted to Twitter.

He insisted this encounter was not staged in any way and was visibly upset. 

"They made us feel like f--king terrorists," Saleh said in a phone call.

He said Delta officials adopted a different tone of voice when his camera started recording.

Saleh and his friend Slim Albaher went through security again after police arrived.

Ultimately, he was able to get another flight.

Delta responded in a statement: 

"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."

#BoycottDelta started trending on Twitter shortly afterward.

Many saw a double-standard at play.

Supporters suspected Saleh was targeted for his beard. 

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