The Untold Story of Taylor Swift’s Private Jet Controversy
American singer and songwriter, Taylor Swift has chosen to come down hard on those who criticize the way individuals fly during air travel, as reported by ENews.
The 32-year-old singer recently came under fire online after a study, conducted by digital marketing firm Yard, revealed that flights by her private jet have emitted 8,293.54 metric tons of carbon in the last seven months alone.
For reference, the study shared that constitues “1,184.8 times more than the average person’s total annual emissions.”
However, that doesn’t mean that Taylor was along for the rides. “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals,” a spokesperson for the pop star told E! News in a statement. “To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”
The report, which garnered its information from the @celebjets Twitter account, shared that Taylor’s plane has taken 170 trips and racked up over 22,923 minutes in air since the beginning of this year, which is the equivalent of almost 16 days.
It also noted that the aircraft had an average flight time of around 80 minutes and traveled around 139.36 miles. The plane’s shortest flight—which traveled from Missouri to Nashville, Tenn.—clocked in at just 36 minutes.
Following the release of the Yard report, several of Taylor’s fans took to social media to share their thoughts on her private flights, referencing climate change concerns.
“This is very shocking to me, honestly. More and more celebs are emphasizing the importance of reducing emissions, but it’s these outrageous overconsumptions that need to be curbed,” one fan wrote on Reddit. ‘I love Taylor, but I’d never take a statement from her about the climate seriously after seeing this. I really think she has the means to do better.”
Another added, “I love Taylor. I also have a strong negative opinion of celebrity private jet culture and think rich people in general have learned to prioritize their comfort and freedom over the rest of us having a safe climate, and I think this is morally wrong of her.”