Elon Musk sparked outrage this week for A journey of nine minutes and 35 miles From San Jose to San Francisco – but that wasn’t the case.
The flight was tracked and detected by Tweet embeda Twitter account operated by Jack Sweeney, a 20-year-old IT professional at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
“If he lets me fly with him on his plane, record him and talk about it — and he probably won’t even pay me $50,000.” [previously asked for] – Sweeney said of Musk. “This is still under discussion.”
Sweeney’s high-profile hobby uses public information gleaned from the Internet to track the movements of private jets flying like Tom Cruise and the Kardashiansstent Russian oligarch And tech giants like Bill Gates And the musk. He regularly posts their whereabouts to a series of Twitter accounts. In July, his account CelebJets caught Kylie Jenner because of a 17 minute tripwhich led to her being described as a “climate criminal”.
But he has a particular weakness for Musk – even when the inventor makes life difficult for him.
“His plane was in San Francisco for less than a day,” Sweeney told The Post of this week’s short trip. “But it was hard to tell because this was one of the flights that Baya was on [Privacy ICAO Address, which masks the plane owner’s identity]. It’s like having a license plate on your car registered under another name. It takes more effort to figure out where the plane is going.”
He hesitated for a moment and joked, “PIA is a pain in the ass.”
Since launching ElonJet in 2020 — he has about 500,000 followers — Sweeney has been a pain in the back of the private jet crowd: he now has 30 bot accounts tracking hundreds of bold names.
“The first is interesting [tracked] “His flight was to Germany, in 2021, when they were working at the Giga factory in Berlin,” Sweeney said of Musk. “When he went to Brazil, for something related to Starlink, I was the first to know about him.
“When he went to Greece this summer, I saw when the flight took off. I figured he’d be on a boat somewhere. It was funny to see him.” without shirt‘” Sweeney said, pointing to the photos that frequently mocked delicious Musk on vacation. “I was glad to see Elon relaxed.”
Last November, Musk showed Sweeney 5000 dollars to terminate the account.
It was pretty crazy,” Sweeney said. “Don’t expect to receive a private message from Elon Musk. The first thing he was asking me to remove was because it was a security risk. Then he started asking how I got the information. It was great to explain something to Elon. He offered to buy the account for $5,000″ – trying to close it -” But I told him that if the money wasn’t enough to change my life, I didn’t want to sell it.”
Communications were cut off shortly after Sweeney asked for $50,000.
Even if Musk didn’t want to give up the paste, the others were willing to come forward for him. “There’s a guy from a smart air conditioning company who said he’s going to give me $50,000 and some other stuff to clear the account,” Sweeney said. “Elon said he was interested in making Tesla air conditioners. This guy was hoping Elon would notice his company and buy it. But the offer didn’t come from Elon, so it wasn’t the same thing. I turned him down.”
“It was great working things out with Elon,” Sweeney said. But our struggle was made [my accounts] Blow up more on Twitter.”
While Sweeney answered his followers’ request and installed a feature that tracks carbon footprints for private flights, he admitted he’s not in this game to expose environmental violators. In fact, Sweeney said, “If I had the money, I would fly my own plane. I haven’t gone private yet but I would like to.”
His motives are more personal than environmental – or some phrases of caution Billionaires – and he doesn’t care what people think about it.
“There is a fair amount of haters. They say I should stop tracking Elon because he wanted me to. They ask why I still do it,” he said. “I do it because it’s something I enjoy. I wouldn’t take it for a pittance of money. I love seeing all the moving parts come together and put them there for people to see. Plus it helps me learn a lot about programming.”
Sweeney, who grew up in Claremont, Florida, and is the son of a kindergarten teacher and airline maintenance supervisor, also received an education in power dynamics.
“Elon has all these resources. A lot of money and control over many things — he can put missiles and satellites in outer space — but he can’t stop me from tracking his plane,” Sweeney said. “It feels great. He is one of the richest people on earth and I freak out.”
And it doesn’t hurt to have a little fame. “A professor called me on LinkedIn and invited me to the college hacking club. Sweeney, who is single, said yesterday I was checking out my apartment on campus and a girl introduced me there. They all know the story. That’s crazy.”
If Sweeney has a beluga whale in the sky, it’s Apple CEO Tim Cook. “I wish Tim Cook was possible, but it’s in common with him [charter jet pool] Net Gate. When you have that, you can use any of the planes that NetJets flies. I can’t track a single plane.
“If Elon was smart enough, he would have been better off hiding his plane. I think Tim Cook is smart about that. If he got his own plane, I would track him down.”
But if you make a deal with Sweeney to keep sight of your air travel, you’d better keep it.
Last February, NBA team owner Mark Cuban asked Sweeney to remove his page for security reasons — and they came to an agreement.
“I asked to go to the Mavericks game with the Cuban,” Sweeney recalls. He said: Next season. If he brings the Negs back, we’ll see what happens. I’ll back it up. But, honestly, he only had 100 followers.”