Does a social media picture of dozens of jets show the planes used by attendees at a climate change conference?

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
By Christiana Dillard

Although some reports have estimated that more than 400 jets were used to transport high-profile guests to a climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, a picture used to support that claim on social media was actually from eight years earlier, at an airport in Louisiana before the 2013 Super Bowl.

The picture in a Facebook post that sardonically describes the purported Scotland scene as "fierce competition ... for the Hypocrisy Awards" shows dozens of noncommercial aircraft lined up at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport ahead of Super Bowl XLVII.

While there have been reports stating that around 400 jets were used to transport various attendees to the climate change conference, officially known as the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Scotland, those aircraft are not the ones pictured in the social media post.

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