The celebrities getting shamed for 10-minute private-jet flights | Travel
IIt started as a Swedish-specific environmental movement in 2018, but flight shaming — the public calling out of people who take seemingly unnecessary flights — has reached new heights in the past few weeks. The culprits? Celebs who own jets that only last a few minutes and are named and shamed through it @CelebJets The Twitter account is run by Jack Sweeney, a 19-year-old student from Florida.
Last month when reality TV star and businesswoman Kylie Jenner, who has 363 million Instagram followers, posted a photo of her and singer boyfriend Travis Scott kissing between two jets, with the rather inaccurate caption, “You Do you want to take mine or yours? It was found that this flight from one of the cities of Los Angeles took only 17 minutes to another
Jenner’s next flight, on Aug. 1, flew just 35 miles across the city of Los Angeles, lasting 12 minutes and responsible for one ton of CO2 emissions. This is one way to divert traffic.
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Flights can be tracked using the adsbexchange.com website, which locates the planes via their unique transponder and automatically tweets via a bot. Although Sweeney has been running her Twitter account for almost a year now, it was Jenner’s post that sparked public outrage. a user answered: “It really must be criminal.” Another added: “Kylie and her rich friends are going to end this world soon.”
While the pandemic and the global grounding of flights led to a hiatus in flight shaming, it has picked up pace in the past few months due to growing concerns about climate change. Summer fires and floods in California, along with record temperatures in the UK, have highlighted the extreme weather caused by global warming.
According to a 2018 article in Global environmental change Journal, 1% of the population is responsible for 50% of the world’s aviation publications. Private jet travel accounts for 4% of overall air emissions.
However, it’s not just the Kardashians who treat private jets like Uber. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were criticized for jetting to Belize in March despite William co-founding the Earthshot Prize, which is awarded to people for helping the environment. In the past five years, the royal family has collectively traveled the equivalent of one return flight to the moon. Most of these trips were by private jet.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were criticized for taking a jet to Belize in March
Toronto-based rapper Drake has a Boeing 767 — a jet that normally seats 375 passengers — as his private jet, with a modified interior for only a select few guests. He is known for journeys of less than 20 minutes. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian, Jenner’s famous sister, recently took a road trip over California from Van Nuys to Camarillo. Total time in the air? Nineteen Minutes Other offenders named and shamed via @CelebJets include film director Steven Spielberg, boxer Floyd Mayweather, rapper Jay-Z and actor Tom Cruise.
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With a quick name and seemingly by nature, American pop star Taylor Swift has the worst CO.2 Greenhouse gas emissions when it comes to celebrity flights. Flights made by his private jet (170 trips in 200 days) produced 8000 tons of CO2.2 Only for Joe this year, a claim he answered yesterday as “absolutely false” for loaning the plane.
Sweeney has also set up a separate Twitter account, @ElonJet, dedicated to Tesla founder Elon Musk’s flying habits – and rejected the multi-billionaire’s $5,000 (£4,100) offer to stop the account. Musk, who has a £64million Gulfstream G700 private jet due for delivery next year, has now blocked Sweeney on Twitter. He is known to have made the six-mile trip between Los Angeles and Hawthorne Airport in a private jet. The same route takes about 10 minutes by car.
Undeterred by the embarrassment of Sweeney’s flight, Musk has announced plans to build his own airport outside Austin, Texas, near where his rocket company, SpaceX, is headquartered. If it can get environmental clearance, that is.
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