We don’t yet know whether this case fits that troubling pattern, and are currently trying to determine the facts based on input from all parties involved in the incident.” The group has reported a growing number of incidents in which a Muslim person is removed from a flight because he or she posed an imaginary threat, dubbing the phenomenon “flying while Muslim.” The U. Department of Transportation announced last month that it would begin highlighting data on the number of discrimination complaints the agency receives, noting that such complaints against airlines had risen 37 percent in the first nine months of 2016 from the same period last year.
“CAIR is concerned about any allegation that a passenger has been removed from a flight for speaking Arabic,” the statement read.
“Racial and religious profiling of Muslims, and those perceived to be Muslim, is a real and continuing problem.
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.” Anthony Ellis, a passenger on the flight, told The Post that he was seated a row ahead of Saleh and Albaher, and had heard one of them shouting something while the other filmed people’s reactions.
Some took place on airplanes, such as one Saleh posted in February titled “COUNTING DOWN IN ARABIC ON A PLANE EXPERIMENT!!
” Saleh and his friend later admitted at least one of their most popular videos, showing alleged discrimination by a New York City police officer, was staged. I’ll say it for the eighth time, this is not even over-exaggeration, this is literally exactly what happened,” Saleh said into the camera. I cannot believe what the heck just happened.” [British Muslim woman detained after flight attendant reports her for ‘suspicious behavior.’ She was reading a book.] His agent, Naz Rahman, said in a phone call from London that what happened on the plane was not staged.
Adam Saleh, a popular You Tube vlogger, says he was kicked off a Delta Air Lines flight on Dec.
21 because other passengers felt uncomfortable that he spoke to his mother on the phone in Arabic.
“He always calls his parents every time he flies, just gets their blessing before he goes,” Rahman said.
“Somebody shouted, ‘We don’t understand what you’re saying.
You’re making us feel uncomfortable.’ It kind of erupted from there.” In his interview with the New York Times, Saleh said another passenger swore at him and Albaher and suggested they be “chucked” off the plane. We’ll say sorry, that’s it.” Saleh told his agent that, despite protests from some other passengers on their side, they were made to deplane.