A video has been viewed hundreds of times in social media posts that falsely claim it shows a new airport in Arunachal Pradesh, a state in northeastern India. While a new airport was genuinely inaugurated in Arunachal Pradesh on November 19, 2022, the clip was filmed at Bengaluru airport in Karnataka, a state in southern India.

"Arunachal pradesh added this Airport to the state mostly made from BAMBU, Wow... Can't believe it... They are doing it here in India. Amazing Bharat," reads a tweet posted on November 9, 2022.

"Bharat" means "India" in Hindi.

The tweet shared a 44-second video, which shows a large, modern airport terminal with decorations suspended from the ceiling.

It has been viewed more than 400 times since.


Screenshot of the false post, taken on November 24, 2022

The post circulated days before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Donyi Polo Airport in Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh state, in northeastern India, on November 19, 2022.

The clip has been viewed more than 800 times after it was posted in similar English posts on Facebook here and here, and on Twitter here and here.

It also circulated alongside a similar claim in Hindi.

Bengaluru airport terminal

A reverse image search and keyword search on Google found images that show similar ceiling decorations as those seen in the video were posted on Bengaluru airport's official Twitter account on November 16, 2022.

According to the Bengaluru airport's tweet, the pictures show the new Terminal 2, which Modi inaugurated on November 11, 2022.

Bengaluru is the capital of Karnataka state, in southern India.

Below are screenshot comparisons from the video in the false post (left) and from Bengaluru airport's Twitter account (right).


Screenshot comparisons from the video in false post (left) and Bengaluru airport's Twitter account (right)

A representative for Bengaluru airport confirmed to AFP that the video circulating online was taken at the airport's newly opened Terminal 2.

The majority of the terminal's structure is crafted with bamboo, local media reported here and here.

Arunachal Pradesh airport

Meanwhile, the Twitter account of the new airport in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, shared images of the terminal building on October 19, 2022.