Taylor Swift's lawyers threaten legal action against student tracking her private jet usage
Taylor Swift enjoys immense popularity as one of the top pop singers globally. However, she has drawn the ire of environmentalists for her frequent use of her private jet, thereby contributing significantly to carbon emissions. Her private jet activities have consequently made her a target for climate activists. Remarkably, Swift has been responsible for emitting 152 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere within the last three months of 2023 alone.
Jack Sweeney, who finds himself involved in this conflict, is a 21-year-old student at the University of Central Florida. He dedicates his time to tracking the flight activities of planes owned by wealthy individuals. Sweeney ensures this information is made public a day after each journey takes place.
Taylor Swift in dispute with a 21-year-old student
In December 2023, Taylor Swift's lawyers contacted the young student via a letter. They firmly requested that he cease publicizing the whereabouts of the singer's private jet. Equating his actions to those of stalkers, who have beleaguered Swift in the past, they insisted that his activities disturb her peace and pose a substantial risk to her safety. The lawyers warned Sweeney that if he persists, they are prepared to face him in court.
Ironically, the information Jack Sweeney is disseminating on social media is publicly accessible. The student is merely making use of information that is not cloaked in secrecy. Consequently, the claims of him stalking Swift with the intention of causing harm appear somewhat overblown.
In a discussion with the BBC, the student insisted that his intentions are not to inflict harm. He also noted that he received the letter from Taylor Swift's lawyers in December 2023, coinciding with the period when public attention had yet again refocused on Swift's recklessness with her private plane use.
Jack Sweeney also emphasized that he routinely tracks the flights of other influential figures, who disregard the dire environmental implications associated with frequent, short haul private jet travels. These include Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg.