Earlier I posted about how a YouTuber allegedly got kicked off a Delta flight from London to New York for speaking Arabic. While I’m appalled by the number of times that people do get kicked off planes due to other peoples’ ignorance, this is a case where I’m giving the airline the benefit of the doubt, at least for now.
— Adam Saleh (@omgAdamSaleh) December 21, 2016
- The guy who was kicked off a plane is a self proclaimed “professional idiot”
- Just last week he lied about shipping himself in the cargo hold of a plane, which turned out not to be true
Well, I feel I need to expand on this a bit further, as I’m amazed by the number of otherwise rational people who are already condemning Delta for what happened. Right now the number one trending topic on Twitter is #BoycottDelta, which is in response to what people assume Delta did here. Let me start by saying that I’ve written about many instances of people being kicked off the plane due to racism, etc., and have always sided with the victim.
So why am I giving Delta the benefit of the doubt here? In addition to the guy lying about having just shipped himself in the cargo hold of a plane, take a look at some of the other videos he has made specifically about being Arab and flying:
He’s a prankster and clearly looking for attention, so I have a hard time imagining he was the victim here. C’mon, a video, where you’re counting down in Arabic on a plane?! He’s clearly doing that to provoke people, and should be ashamed of himself. Even if you counted down in English in a nervous or loud way, people might be concerned.
He’s a smart guy and knows he’s provoking people, and is hoping to get a reaction.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that speaking Arabic should get you kicked off a plane — quite the opposite, I think that’s horrible. However, there are limits to free speech on planes, and airlines have an obligation to address problems before a plane takes off.
Based on this guy’s past baiting attempts and even lies about pranks, I’m certainly not ready to blame Delta just yet. Delta may end up being in the wrong, or they may not be. But for those of you on the #BoycottDelta bandwagon, maybe hold off a bit and let’s watch this unfold…
Like I said, people get kicked off flights all the time for racist reasons, but in this case we’re talking about a self proclaimed professional idiot who has made several videos trying to provoke people on planes. This time it caught up with him…
(Tip of the hat to @joescibelli)