French Montana expressed his anger with Delta Airlines after YouTube sensation Adam Saleh reported acts of racial profiling during his flight to New York City.
Saleh reported that he was kicked off by Delta because he was speaking in Arabic — his native language — while on the phone with his mother. During his verbal skirmish with the flight attendants, Saleh recorded the entire incident on his camera phone. “Guys, we spoke a different language on the plane and now we’re getting kicked out,” he said during the video. “This is 2016!”
After the video went viral on social media, French Montana, who is Moroccan and speaks Arabic, caught wind of it and voiced his frustration on his Instagram account. “I don’t like speaking on things like this, but this struck a nerve,” read the caption of the reposted video on French’s page. “I have a mother that doesn’t speak English and discrimination like this makes me really sad. The fact that this can happen to her makes me sick. I’m not using Delta anymore. Smh. #equality.”
Saleh met with police to discuss the matter after he was escorted off the plane, according to a series of tweets. He later revealed that he would fly with another airline to complete his trip to New York City.
Delta responded to the matter on Twitter, saying, “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.”
Saleh’s popularity stems from his pranks on YouTube. In past videos, he has posted controversial videos with jarring headlines like “Arabs on a Plane Prank.” He explained that Wednesday’s incident wasn’t a prank.