Billionaires, Hollywood stars, and global climate activists share the fame, fortune, and profile they work hard to control. All of this is why so many public companies are asking not to track their travels and exposing their carbon footprint.
France Press agency Reports Flight-tracking websites and Twitter accounts that provide real-time views of air traffic are at the end of regular opposition that ranges from complaints to equipment seizures by those who prefer their movements not in the public domain.
The US-based group alone receives dozens of “requests” each year to stop publishing aircraft movements, according to its organiser, Dan Struvert.
Haven’t downloaded anything yet. This is all general information. “I don’t want to be the judge of who’s right and who’s wrong,” added Struvert, founder of the flight-tracking website ADS-B Exchange, which can track any journey from an individual to a politician, star, activist, or member of royalty.
Are those raindrops that fly private planes or not? Friend request. https://t.co/J5Q5ykzEQr
– Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 1, 2020
The AFP report sets limits that apply in some cases, but groups that compile itineraries say the primary source of information is legally available and open to anyone with the appropriate equipment to take it fully into the public domain.
Under US rules, aircraft in designated areas must be equipped with ADS-B technology that broadcasts aircraft locations using signals that relatively simple equipment can pick up. It shows what will happen next:
A service like Sweden-based Flightradar24 has 34,000 receivers manned by volunteers around the world to capture signals, a key source of information that is routed back to a central network and combined with data on flight schedules and aircraft information.
Knowing or confirming who the plane really belongs could require some espionage, jet tracker Jack Sweeney, who submitted a public records request to the United States government, said he submitted a public records request to the United States government that submitted a form bearing the signature of a particular aircraft owner: Chief Tesla Corporation, Elon Musk.
Sweeney drew attention with his Twitter account that tracks the billionaire’s jet-track, and even rejected Musk’s $5,000 offer to close ElonJet, which has more than 480,000 followers.
“There’s a lot of oomph, and I’m doing something right. The famous thing – people love to see what celebrities are doing, this and everything related to emissions,” he told AFP, referring to concerns about the greenhouse gas impact of planes.
“Putting it on Twitter makes it easy for people to access and understand,” Sweeney added.
Another Sweeney Twitter account, backed by data from the ADS-B Exchange, showed in July that Kylie Jenner’s plane took just 17 minutes to fly in California, Breitbart News reported.
Kylie Jenner’s plane took off from Camarillo, California, United States. Going to Van Nuys, CA, US (VNY, Van Nuys Airport) to reach about 3 metres. pic.twitter.com/Jo0ZAfaJ69
CelebJets July 13, 2022
The Internet was not pleased.
The star soon faced a torrent of criticism on social media over concerns about the message he sent about climate change while others pointed out the utter hypocrisy involved.
Jenner has been labeled a “climate criminal” for her speedy private jet flights with boyfriend Travis Scott, in response Taylor Swift followed for her frequent private jet flights.
Taylor Swift needs her own plane, so how will she travel around the world to collect every glitter bodysuit
– Zach Schiffman (@schlife) July 31, 2022
The problem goes beyond Taylor Swift and private jets. Celebrities, corporations and the wealthy who are leaving huge carbon footprints are a global trend. The richest 1% emit 70 times more carbon than the lowest 50%.
Adam Best 30 July 2022
“They tell us that working-class people feel bad about our once-a-year trip to a much-needed vacation while these celebrities get on private jets every other day as if it were Uber,” tweeted @juliphoria, in another example of outrage, in another example of outrage.
“We’ll track anything because frankly, if someone is really a bad actor, and they want to know where those things are, you can build the electronics for $100 and deploy the receivers to capture the same signals yourself,” said ADS’s Streufert. -b Exchange, acknowledgment that the data already exists. It just needs to be distributed.
Climate activists were also called out after they were tracked as they took multiple flights on their private planes that they once passed were completely private matters, with Bill Gates forced to admit:
In some parts of the world, governments have made it clear that the technology and the resulting information are unwelcome and are ready to move against it – by force if necessary.
Chinese state media reported in 2021 that the authoritarian communist government confiscated hundreds of receivers used to track flights from mass sources, citing the risk of “espionage.”
“In a lot of cases, it’s authoritarian regimes that don’t like that exposure,” Struvert said.