The student who became an overnight sensation for tracking Elon Musk’s private jet and refusing to accept a $5,000 payout to shut down the Twitter account publicizing the flights is now tracking celebrities. In recent weeks, the @CelebJets page has gotten increased attention over exposing the very short flights some celebrities take when a drive by car wouldn’t add too much time to the journey but would be considerably less damaging to the environment.
Among these celebrities shamed for their private jet use on social media are Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian, and now Drake. The Canadian rapper’s private jet recently took a 14-minute flight from Toronto to Hamilton in Ontario, Canada. Data available to the public doesn’t reveal who is onboard each flight, but even diehard Drake fans jumped to the conclusion that he pulled a Kylie by hopping on his plane instead of going for a slightly longer drive.
But Drake doesn't have it. As he was being called out for pumping incredible amounts of emissions into the atmosphere (this flight alone generated some 4 tons of CO2 emissions and cost nearly $3,000 in fuel), he says there’s a perfectly logical explanation. “This is just them moving planes to whatever airport they are being stored at for anyone who was interested in the logistics,” he responded to a local media outlet, as per Bilboard. “Nobody takes that flight.”
That last part is not entirely accurate since someone must be on the flight if only we're talking about the pilot. But that would be missing the point of Drake's statement, namely that he didn't choose a 14-minute flight over a car ride. Hence he shouldn't be criticized. Sure, his jet still has a massive carbon footprint, including when it's not used for business, but he will have us believe that, somehow, he is not part of the problem.
Drake's Jet 38 mile (33 NM) flight from YYZ to YHM— Celebrity Jets (@CelebJets) July 22, 2022
~ 402 gallons (1,522 liters).
~ 2,694 lbs (1,222 kg) of jet fuel used.
~ $2,729 cost of fuel.
~ 4 tons of CO2 emissions.