Taylor Swift threatens to sue young man who monitors her jet flights on social media

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Pop singer Taylor Swift has threatened to sue a Florida student who posts information about the artist's and other celebrities' flights on her private jets on social media, according to the Washington Post. (Photo: Variety)
Pop singer Taylor Swift has threatened to sue a Florida student who posts information about the artist's and other celebrities' flights on her private jets on social media, according to the Washington Post. (Photo: Variety)

Pop singer Taylor Swift has threatened to sue a Florida student who posts information about the artist’s and other celebrities’ flights on her private jets on social media, according to the Washington Post.

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Through her lawyers, she sent notifications requesting the suspension of activities of the profiles that follow her flights. The accounts bring together records available on the internet about landings and takeoffs of the singer’s aircraft.

As a result, the profiles are maintained by 21-year-old Jack Sweeney, who became famous for monitoring flights on Elon Musk’s private jet. The young man created accounts on Facebook and Instagram, which have now been blocked, but he has others on Bluesky, Mastodon and Telegram.

So, in the first notice, sent in December 2023, the lawyers stated that Taylor “would have no choice but to pursue any and all legal recourse” if Sweeney did not stop his “stalking and harassing behavior.”

The document alleges that the posts brought “direct and irreparable harm, as well as emotional and physical suffering” to Taylor and her family, in addition to causing the singer “a constant state of fear for her personal safety.”

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The lawyers pointed out that there is no public interest in this information and that the singer needs to deal with several cases of stalking.

In January of this year, a new notice warned that Sweeney’s posts constituted “harassing conduct.”

It’s worth remembering that Sweeney’s monitoring accounts use data from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or from industry enthusiasts who use equipment to track aircraft signals. They do not inform who the plane passengers are or what their destination is after landing.

In Taylor’s case, the profile followed flights of two aircraft from Firefly Entertainment, the singer’s company – one of which was sold last week, according to FAA records.

Sweeney, who also created pages to track the flights of celebrities such as Donald Trump, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg, told the Washington Post that he sees the notifications as an attempt to scare him.

According to the student, the profiles only show an approximation of the cities Taylor may be in, which may coincide with her tour schedule or any public event she has attended. “This information is already available,” he said.

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