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Taylor Swift's Private Jet Targeted By Environmentalists

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By Afouda Bamidele on June 20, 2024 at 12:35 PM EDT
Updated on June 20, 2024 at 12:51 PM EDT

The criticism surrounding Taylor Swift's private planes continues with a vandalism scheme.

Environmental activists recently targeted the "Fresh Out The Slammer" hitmaker's jets with a spray paint plot at a private airfield in Stansted airport. Fortunately, they failed to douse the singer's plane in orange paint, but not everyone was as lucky. 

Taylor Swift has faced backlash for the significant carbon footprint her frequent private plane trips have caused.

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Environmental Activists Try But Fail To Attack Taylor Swift's Private Plane

Taylor Swift at 66th Annual Grammy Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles

The crime reportedly went down around 5 AM on Thursday when two members of Just Stop Oil — a British environmental activist group focused on human-caused climate change — broke into the private airfield with rigged fire extinguishers.

The culprits, Jennifer Kowalski and Cole Macdonald doused two private jets in orange paints that did not belong to their prime target, Swift. The activist group took responsibility for the vandalism, confirming they were specifically going after the singer's jet.

Although they failed to douse Swift's plane in their group's signature orange paint, Kowalski and Macdonald posed proudly by the private jets they successfully vandalized. They did not mind putting their faces out there, given their noble beliefs, but cops begged to differ.

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Essex police confirmed they arrested the women, booking them on suspicion of criminal damage and interference with the use or operation of national infrastructure, per TMZ.

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Swift's Billionaire Status Placed Her On Just Stop Oil Group's Radar

Taylor Swift arrives in Brisbane on her private jet

Last Fall, Swift officially obtained billionaire status with her "Eras" tour playing a crucial role in her increased net worth. However, this got her on the environmental activist group's hit list, with Macdonald noting:

"We're living in two worlds: one where billionaires live in luxury, able to fly in private jets away from the others, where unlivable conditions are being imposed on countless millions."

According to Just Stop Oil, private jet users like Swift are responsible for up to 14X more carbon emissions than a commercial flight.

Therefore, the environmental demonstrators are fighting for the British government to stop the extraction and burning of oil, gas, and coal by 2030.

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The Grammy Winner Sold One Of Her Private Jets

Taylor Swift on the Eras tour

In February, The Blast reported that Swift had parted ways with one of her private jets amid her battle with a relentless tracker. She sold the Dassault Falcon 900 jet she purchased in 2009 to an LLC named Triangle Real Estate.

The organization reportedly had ties to the famous auto protection company CarShield, which was incorporated in Missouri around 2006. It was unclear who the new owner of Swift's jet was, but the CEO of CarShield was revealed to be Nicholas Hamilton.

If Hamilton owned Swift's jet, he must have spent a fortune on the private plane. While the actual sales price was not disclosed, a brand new Dassault Falcon 900 jet was reportedly worth around $40 million.

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Taylor Swift's Attorneys Slam Tracker For Harassment

Taylor Swift poses on the red carpet at the 2019 Billboard Women In Music

Before news of Swift's jet sale broke, she made waves by sending a cease and desist letter to a young tracker named Jack Sweeney. The college student had a history of tracking celebrity jets, a hobby the singer wanted no part of.

The entertainer, through her lawyers, warned Sweeney to stop his "stalking and harassing" behavior, or else they would be forced "to pursue any and all legal remedies." Swift's legal reps stressed the tracker was causing their client emotional and physical distress.

The attorneys claimed Sweeney was also inviting possible stalkers that could put Swift's safety in jeopardy. In their words: "While this may be a game to you or an avenue that you hope will earn you wealth or fame, it is a life-or-death matter for our Client."

The Tracker Confronted The Cease And Desist Letter Through His Lawyers

Taylor Swift wearing wearing a Julien Macdonald dress, Casadei boots, and Ofira jewelry arrives at the 2019 American Music Awards

Whatever reaction Swift's team expected from Sweeney might not have been his bold response to their cease and desist letter. The Blast shared that he did not cower in fear but bravely refuted their allegations through his lawyers.

Sweeney claimed he was not breaking any laws because the information he shared about Swift was available publicly. He explained that he tracked jets using data from the FAA and other details from fellow trackers.

However, he dedicated an Instagram page to Swift's private jet and published private details, including her flight time, distance covered, CO2 emissions, fuel usage, and fuel cost.

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