Flight-tracking website owners receive dozens of requests from celebrities to stop posting their movements.
The founder of the flight tracking site ADS-B Exchange, the American Dan Struvert, revealed that he received dozens of the aforementioned requests, but stated that “he has not yet deleted anything”.
Struvert believes that what his website conveys is still public information, noting that he “doesn’t want to be the arbiter who decides who’s right and who’s wrong.”
Based in Sweden, Flightradar24 has 34,000 volunteer-operated receivers around the world to capture signals and is a key source of information that is routed to a central network for integration with schedule data and aircraft information.
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“This is getting a lot of attention,” Sweeney told AFP. I am doing something successful. People love to see what celebrities do and it’s all about emissions,” she said, referring to concerns about the impact of greenhouse gases from airplanes on the climate.
Among the comments posted on the aforementioned account, “We working class people are told to feel guilty for our much needed once a year commute while these celebrities commute every day on private jets like an Uber.”
It should be noted that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial trip to Taiwan last Tuesday was followed by more than 700,000 people on the “Flightradar24” website.
US law requires aircraft in certain areas to be equipped with an ADS-B system that periodically transmits the location of the aircraft to air traffic controllers.