19-year-old Jack Sweeney from the United States uses a Twitter account to follow the flying activities of Elon Musk’s private jet. It appears that the Tesla boss is now offering Sweeney $5,000 to close the account. The student refuses – and demands something else.
As reported by many media, the teenager has developed a program that can show exactly where the world’s richest man is on the plane. To do this, it uses air traffic data that is valid for general use. Once Musk’s plane takes off or lands, it is shared on Twitter with over 200,000 followers.
But Elon Musk’s private plane is not the only plane that the young man is tracking – according to CNN information, there are also accounts of the flight activities of Jeff Bezos or Bill Gates.
Musk: “I don’t like the idea of being shot.”
According to CNN, Musk reportedly contacted the college student via direct message and asked to delete the account. The reason he gave was major security concerns, since anyone could track their website. He is said to have told the 19-year-old, “I don’t like the idea of me being shot by a madman.” Musk is said to have offered Sweeney $5,000 to delete the account. However, the young man refused the offer.
Jack Sweeney had other plans: he raised tenfold and demanded fifty thousand dollars from the billionaire – so that he could pay for his college education and buy a Tesla. Instead, he will agree to an internship at one of Musk’s companies. Musk did not respond to the counteroffer. Instead, he’s now apparently trying to block his flights from being tracked — and using blocking software recommended by Sweeney. However, a new flying activity was tweeted a few hours ago – perhaps Musk should come up with more to stop the student.