Florida Teen Tracking Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Cuban’s Jets On Twitter

The Florida college student who wanted $50,000 from Elon Musk to stop tracking the billionaire’s private plane now says he has permission from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to monitor all SpaceX jets.

Jack Sweeney, who studies at the University of Central Florida, took to Twitter on Saturday to announce that his Freedom of Information Act request to the FAA “went thru.”

“Now I have all the registration and airworthiness documents for all the SpaceX jets,” the 19-year-old boasted.

In order to prove his claim, the student and aviation enthusiast shared a link to a website with the relevant papers of three jets owned by Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company. 

Sweeney made headlines in late January after being reportedly contacted by the world’s richest man, who wanted his Twitter account – @Elonjet – shut down.

The teen created a Twitter bot that had been tracking the movements of Musk’s private jet since June 2020 and he was reporting them online.

The entrepreneur insisted that the page was “a security risk” and offered $5,000 for it to be deleted. “I don’t love the idea of being shot by a nutcase,” he explained in a private message.

But Sweeney attempted to negotiate a higher fee, asking for $50,000 instead, or an internship at Tesla, the electric car company also owned by Musk.

The businessman, whose net worth is estimated at $200 billion, refused to make a deal with the student and blocked him.

In his interview with the Guardian a week ago, Sweeney said he had created another 16 similar automated Twitter accounts to track the jets of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, movie producer Mark Cuban, rapper Drake, and other “prominent people.”

He earlier insisted that his activities were perfectly legal, as data from the Automatic Dependent Surveillance–Broadcast (ADS–B) technology, which determines the position of planes via satellite navigation and other means, is available to the public.

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  1. For Elon Musk to counter with $5,000 is an insult to the young man. The young man should have
    asked for enough money to pay his entire 4 years of college education. If Mush can’t or won’t do
    that he deserves what he gets. Musk is a selfish , egotistical you know what!

  2. Anybody wealthy and successful should be prevented from advertising their business, because wealthy people should shut up. Also, being an a**hole is perfectly fine if you don’t do anything illegal. That’s why publishing photos of someone’s whereabouts should be just as cool as photos of their house or kids as long as they have lots of money.

    Makes perfect sense.


  3. If memory serves, all of these men have expressed real concern over global warming and want we mere mortals to make serious sacrifices in how we manage our lives and navigate the world. Yet, they have no problem flying everywhere spewing jet emissions into the air, creating their own serious carbon footprint and thumbing their noses at the rest of us. I call that hypocrisy…something we’re also dealing with from the federal government. Maybe we’re all missing the point about what this 19-year-old college students’ intentions are. Money didn’t come into the discussion until Elon Musk tried using money to shut him down. $5000 is chump change to a billionaire so this young man upped the ante to $50,000 or an internship. I don’t call that extortion…I call that using your noodle. As it stands, Musk is too cheap to pay up or shut up. But at the end of the day these billionaires continue to pollute the air with their jets and expect us to sacrifice on their behalf.

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