An image of a signboard inscribed with `Shitting on the carpet, strictly prohibited' at an airport with Indian travelers in the background is going viral.
Several sarcastic captions imply that this signboard has been put up on an Indian Airport. Along with the caption, the board also has Airport Authority of India written on it.
A user shared it with the caption, "Really? New Normal? Prezan si i sap ou zis blanm sa carpet."
When we searched for similar claims, we found this image available on the net for the past few years.
It was shared on Twitter in 2016.
The claim that the viral signboard has been put up at an Indian Airport is FALSE.
When we observed the signboards of the Airport Authority of India, we found that they convey the same message in different languages. A message is generally shared in the local language and also English simultaneously.
For example, the signboard shows the name of the airport in Hindi, Marathi, and English. Another image also shows the same instructions in Hindi and English.
In the viral image, Hindi text on the board translates to "Eating on the carpet is strictly prohibited" and NOT 'Shitting on Carpet is strictly Prohibited'.
When checked further, we found another image with the same background of travelers, stating "Eating carpet strictly prohibited". This image was shared by prominent Hindi actress Shabana Azmi claiming that it was taken at Chennai airport. She shared this in October 2019.
According to news website UPI, the sign was actually photographed back in 2015 by businessman Justin Ross Lee, who had shared it on Facebook. According to his post, the picture had been taken at Chennai International Airport.
However, the Airport Authority of India has clarified that this image was digitally morphed and the original image says eating on carpet is strictly prohibited.
One of the users also tweeted the original image
According to an NDTV report, Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday tweeted a clarification after an old image of a 'mistranslated' airport sign began doing the rounds of the Internet again, flagging it as fake. "Listen people. This is a morphed image doing the rounds since 2015," Puri tweeted, sharing photos of the sign in question.
Hence, the viral signboard with a derogatory message has not been put up at an Indian Airport. The claim is FALSE.