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This Twitter bot is exposing celebrities taking three-minute private jet flights

Kylie Jenner’s jet made a three-minute flight.

You know what they say: climate change is a societal problem, requiring widespread overhaul of our way of life, and shaming individuals might just be counterproductive.

But still, don’t take a four-minute flight on a private jet.

That’s what someone using Floyd Mayweather’s private jet did yesterday – a fact we know thanks to Celebrity Jets, a Twitter bot dedicated to tracking the ludicrously short journeys of the rich and famous.

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The flight by Mayweather’s jet was seemingly from one side of Las Vegas to the other. But that looked positively long-haul compared to a three-minute flight taken by Kylie Jenner’s jet a couple of days earlier.

The flight saved its passengers a precious 37 minutes, given a drive between the two cities would have taken 40. Accounting for take-off, landing, taxiing, and boarding, it’s unclear exactly how many seconds were saved.

With all that in mind, it’s surprising Jenner’s jet didn’t need a stopover to complete a marathon 12-minute journey a couple of days later.

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Other short flights revealed by Celebrity Jets include a 25-minute voyage by Steven Spielberg’s plane.

In many cases, the jets make multiple journeys a day. As well as flight duration, the Celebrity Jets bot shows flight path data, and also tells us carbon emissions.

Just 1 per cent of the world’s population were responsible for half of global carbon emissions from aviation in 2018, a study found.

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So-called frequent-flying “super emitters” who flew an average of 35,000 miles a year stood in contrast to the 89 per cent of the global population who did not take a flight.

The study estimated the value of the damage caused by aviation emissions to be $100bn.

Emissions from private jets rose faster than emissions from commercial air travel, another study found.

Unless there’s a secret network of celebrities air-couriering heart transplants to exclusively nice areas, it’s hard to see the justification.

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