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Insights into Taylor Swift’s use of a private jet and the student who monitors her flight activities, Jack Sweeney

By MrSmith Feb 8, 2024
Insights into Taylor Swift’s use of a private jet and the student who monitors her flight activities, Jack Sweeney

Taylor Swift is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the music industry, and with fame comes the necessity for privacy and security. That’s why the pop star has been known to utilize a private jet for her travels, allowing her to bypass the stress and potential dangers of commercial flights. However, Taylor Swift’s private jet usage has recently caught the attention of a 19-year-old student, Jack Sweeney, who has made headlines for his hobby of tracking the singer’s flights.

Sweeney, a college student from Rocklin, California, has developed a passion for tracking private jets, and his particular interest in Taylor Swift’s flights has led him to become an internet sensation. Using publicly available flight data and a website called FlightAware, Sweeney has been able to monitor and document nearly every flight taken by Swift’s private jet. He has gained a massive following on social media platforms and has even been featured in popular television programs for his unique hobby.

But why has Sweeney’s tracking of Taylor Swift’s private jet usage attracted so much attention? Firstly, it’s an intriguing and unusual pastime that has piqued the curiosity of many. Secondly, it raises questions about privacy and security for celebrities in the digital age. While Swift undoubtedly has legitimate reasons for utilizing a private jet, Sweeney’s tracking has sparked discussions about the extent to which celebrities can protect their privacy.

On the other hand, some argue that Sweeney’s tracking of Taylor Swift’s private jet usage crosses the line and invades the singer’s privacy. They argue that celebrities, like everyone else, are entitled to a certain level of privacy, and tracking their movements can be intrusive and potentially dangerous. This debate adds another layer of complexity to the discussion surrounding celebrity privacy and the impact of technology on their lives.

In conclusion, Taylor Swift’s private jet usage has become the subject of much fascination, thanks to the efforts of Jack Sweeney. Whether you consider his actions to be harmless curiosity or an invasion of privacy, Sweeney’s hobby highlights the ongoing tension between the public’s appetite for celebrity news and the rights of public figures to privacy and security. It’s a debate that is likely to continue as technology and social media continue to shape our relationship with celebrities.

The increased scrutiny Taylor Swift has faced over the past year for her private jet usage, particularly to travel for her ongoing Eras Tour, has reached a new high.

The “Cruel Summer” singer’s frequent use of her private plane – a Dassault Falcon 7X, which fits roughly 16 passengers and is valued at around $50 million – has been particularly put on the spotlight by Jack Sweeney, who runs various social media accounts tracking the private plane usage of different celebrities, politicians and billionaires.

Earlier this week, the college junior – who has previously faced ire from Elon Musk over the X account tracking his own private travels – confirmed that in December, he received a cease-and-desist letter from the Swift team requesting he stop sharing her travel details. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Who is Jack Sweeney?

Jack is currently a junior at the University of Central Florida, and has for several years run accounts monitoring and sharing flights from private jets owned by notable 1%ers, using publicly available flight data from the Federal Aviation Administration.

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In the December cease-and-desist, Taylor’s lead attorney, Katie Morrone of Venable LLP, accused Jack of “stalking and harassing behavior” over his practice of “consistently publishing real-time and precise information about our client’s location and future whereabouts to the public on social media.”

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Is Taylor Swift suing Jack Sweeney?

A cease-and-desist letter is different from a lawsuit, but Taylor’s legal team did maintain they “have no choice but to pursue any and all legal remedies available” should Jack continue to publicize his findings.

The letter emphasized not only the heightened security risk his public monitoring poses for Taylor, but also the “constant state of fear for her personal safety” she is in as a result.

This photo taken on February 28, 2018 shows a Dassault Falcon 7X jet (the kind that Taylor Swift owns) at the Dassault Falcon Service at Le Bourget airport© Getty
Pictured above a Dassault Falcon 7X jet, the type of plane Taylor owns

Throughout her decades-long career, the superstar has faced a myriad of stalking, harassment and public safety incidents; most recently, a man was arrested last month and faces stalking and harassment charges after attempting to enter her Manhattan residence on several occasions.

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Taylor’s lead spokeswoman Tree Paine, maintained to the Washington Post, who first reported on the private jet issue: “We cannot comment on any ongoing police investigation but can confirm the timing of stalkers suggests a connection. His posts tell you exactly when and where she would be.”

taylor swift ears tour© Getty
The singer has been relying on her PJ more frequently since embarking on her world tour

Celebrity private jets, environmental pollutants, and offsetting carbon footprints

At the core of the scrutiny frequent private jet users face is the environmental impact of it. Per The Associated Press, a 2023 study by the Institute for Policy Studies found that private jets emit at least 10 times more pollutants per passenger compared to commercial planes.

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Still, Jeff Colgan, a professor of political science at Brown University, argued: “It’s striking that Ms. Swift gets so much of the outrage when private jet customers are overwhelmingly men over 50,” adding: “The focus really should be on a broader class of people.”

Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez© Getty
Jack also monitors the flights of public figures such as Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Kim Kardashian, and Donald Trump

In a 2022 report, Yard, a UK-based sustainability marketing agency, used Jack’s “CelebJet” account – which has been suspended from X – to analyze the public figures with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. In addition to Taylor, the list included Floyd Mayweather, Jay-ZBlake Shelton, A-Rod, Steven Spielberg and Kim Kardashian, among others, however many have maintained the data is inaccurate, citing how they often loan their jets, or that they don’t own the aircrafts in question.

Taylor’s team did tell AP that she “purchased more than double the carbon credits needed to offset all tour travel,” however it is a loosely regulated practice.

Taylor Swift is greeted by Japanese fans after she arrived at Narita international airport in Narita, suburban Tokyo on May 3, 2015© Getty
A mob of fans trying to see Taylor at the airport in Japan in 2015 sparked a slew of delays for other flights

Can Taylor Swift fly commercial?

Whether Taylor should fly commercial instead of private is an oft-argued suggestion. Currently, she owns the aforementioned Falcon FX, after recently selling a smaller Dassault 900 jet she had in addition.

Back in 2015, while on her 1989 tour, she flew on a commercial plane to Japan’s Narita Airport, and upon landing, fan mobs became so chaotic that the airport experienced several delays on various different flights.

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