Delta Airlines is disputing the claims of a YouTube star who said he was thrown off a flight Wednesday for speaking Arabic.

The airline in a statement Wednesday said Adam Saleh was kicked off the flight because he was shouting and being disruptive – not because he was speaking Arabic.


“Upon landing the crew was debriefed and multiple passenger statements collected. Based on the information collected to date, it appears the customers who were removed sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behavior, including shouting,” the statement read.

“This type of conduct is not welcome on any Delta flight,” the statement continued. “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.”

Saleh posted a video Wednesday morning that shows him reacting after being asked to leave the plane. In the video, he claimed he was kicked off the flight for speaking Arabic in a phone call to his mother.

“We spoke a different language on the plane and now we’re getting kicked out?” Saleh says in the video. “This is 2016."

Saleh, who has more than 1.6 million subscribers on his YouTube account, has sparked controversy before.

In 2014, Saleh posted a video that went viral claiming a New York police officer was racially profiling him. He later said the incident didn’t happen.