The ambitious teenager who follows the jets of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg says the Tesla CEO took ridiculously short trips in his private jet, but that’s not a bad thing.
Remember Jack Sweeney, the 19-year-old student who rose to fame a few months ago for creating a Twitter account that followed Elon Musk’s private jet? Jack rose to fame for his flight tracking effort and turned down Musk’s $5,000 offer. Since then, the University of Central Florida’s sophomore has 30 accounts and has been busy updating the world with celebrity private jet flight paths and their carbon footprints. Sweeney’s @CelebJets celebrity-following account has denounced makeup mogul Kylie Jenner’s long-discussed 17-minute trip from one California city to another. What followed was outrage from fans and followers who even called her a “climate criminal.”
Drake was also similarly targeted for a 14-minute flight (his private jet had flown from his native Toronto to Hamilton, covering 38 miles). Asked about the same, Sweeney told Fortune that he agreed the label of “climate criminal” was appropriate, but cautioned that the focus shouldn’t just be on how long flights. “Even the Kylie Jenner flight, she probably wasn’t on that flight,” Sweeney said. He added: ‘It’s probably the plane that’s being moved to be parked. I still think it’s bad because he’s flying and it’s his plane, but people think she’s just going to another part of town.
Canadian rapper Drake explained after Real Toronto News asked his Instagram followers if the Hotline Bling singer was ‘wrong to use his $185 million jet to go to Hamilton or not?’ who move planes to any airport where they are stored for anyone interested in logistics. No one is taking that flight,” the rapper said, shutting down his detractors.
My opinion on the short flight. I believe it was to park the planes at Camarillo, while they go down to Van Nuys. Same with Kim. It’s probably cheaper to park the plane in Camarillo. I can see why people are chasing them, posting pictures and flexing those jets.
— Jack Sweeney (@JxckSweeney) July 19, 2022
Sweeney himself is no climate champion. He admitted to adding the feature recently as observers requested the data. “I think it’s good to raise awareness of this, that these people are stealing, but that wasn’t my priority. Kylie and Kim—they post these photos. They must expect to be followed. They put it there,” he added. “The data is there. I just put it on Twitter, which makes it easier to see.
It’s no secret that the Kardashians get slammed for everything; it was actually Musk who took even shorter flights. The reaction to Jenner’s 17-minute flight shocked him because, after tracking nearly every flight the Tesla CEO has taken, he’s seen the business mogul take even shorter flights on his private jet without the hype .
According to CNBC, Sweeney said Musk had flown several times from Los Angeles International Airport to Hawthorne Airport, which is about six miles (10 minutes away) away. I guess the only way for climate criminals to escape their crime is to not talk about it themselves. You post, you brag, and then they roast!