YouTube Stars Say They Were Removed From Delta Flight for Speaking Arabic – The New York Times

Chris Ashford, 47, who was aboard the plane after a layover in London, said that he believed that the woman had “overreacted.”“She heard somebody speaking in Arabic, and assumed the worst,” he said.He added that while he thought Delta acted in the interest of some of its passengers, that “I do think it was heavy-handed, kicking the guy off the plane and then removing his bags.”Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, 51, was also on the plane. Although she could not judge the airline’s actions as she only witnessed some of the disruption, Ms. Thompson did say that both parties should have been removed.“If you’re going to investigate, how are you going to investigate one side of an altercation?” she said.