Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Joe Biden Falling Down Air Force One Stairs While Visiting Poland -- It's Another Person

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  • by: Madison Dapcevich
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Joe Biden Falling Down Air Force One Stairs While Visiting Poland -- It's Another Person Not Biden

Did a video genuinely show President Joe Biden falling down Air Force One stairs while visiting Warsaw, Poland? No, that's not true: The video showed an unidentified person falling down the airplane stairs, but Lead Stories reviewed independent media footage and confirmed that this person was not the president. The clip, reshared on social media in November 2023, originally circulated in online circles in February 2023.

The claim originated in a clip shared to X on November 15, 2023 (archived here), with a caption that read:

Joe Biden fell down the stairs again in Poland.

For f*ck sakes, can someone get this man an escalator ?

#JoeBiden #fall #Airplane

Below is how the post appeared at the time of writing:

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(Source: X screenshot taken Wed Nov 20:45:00 UTC 2023)

The video above originally circulated on social media following the president's landing in Poland in February 2023, and then reappeared months later.

A 10-minute livestream of the president's arrival in Poland was published on Facebook by ABC News on February 20, 2023 (archived here). At the 6:12-minute mark in the video, Biden can be seen disembarking the plane and successfully walking without issue down the boarding stairs.

Although the clip in the tweet did indeed show a person who fell down the aircraft stairs, that person was not Biden. Lead Stories was unable to determine the identity of the person who fell.

Lead Stories reached out to the White House and will update the article should we receive a response.

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  Madison Dapcevich

Raised on an island in southeast Alaska, Madison grew up a perpetually curious tidepooler and has used that love of science and innovation in her now full-time role as a science reporter for the fact-checking publication Lead Stories.

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