Kylie Jenner is many things: a reality star, a makeup icon, a businesswoman, a billionaire and now apparently a “climate criminal”.
The Kardashians star hit some rough air after being taken on board her private jet 17 minute flight from Camarillo, California to Van Nuys, California last Tuesday. The roughly 40-mile excursion could have taken about 45 minutes by car — or more, depending on LA traffic.
The tumultuous statistics of their air travel were compiled by @CelebJetsa famous jet tracker on twitter who posted about Jenner’s route from Ventura County to LA County. (A first post sparked backlash when the ride was supposed to take about three minutes, but was later changed when the flight landed.)
The account typically lists flight time, mileage, and how many pounds of kerosene it uses for a flight, as well as fuel costs and tons of carbon emissions, but not for Jenner’s trip. The jet then flew from Van Nuys to Palm Springs on Tuesday in a 28-minute journey.
Still, Twitter users were quick to snipe the star and synced them “Kylie Jenner: Full-Time Climate Criminals.”
“You all need to write a story about how this chick uses her plane to fly 39 miles all the time,” one user replied, tagging celebrity news sites People and UsWeekly. “Use it like a car. Call her! People are sick of celebrities telling us how we’re destroying the environment when they are!”
Several others came to defend the 24-year-old.
“As much as it pains me to say, she probably wasn’t on the plane and the plane just went to VNY for maintenance,” wrote another.
“I understand driving on the roads/highway in this area, it’s awful,” said one reply, adding, “Relax.”
On Friday, a few days after the flight, the reality star posted a photo to Instagram showing her and beau Travis Scott cuddling between two jets. She captioned it, “You wanna take mine or yours?”
The controversy picked up speed again. While many followers hailed her with “goals,” others were less than complimentary in the comments. On that day, the jet began its return journey from Palm Springs to Van Nuys, then back to Camarilloaccording to @CelebJets.
“Girl what am I recycling for,” said one comment.
“But it’s us who have to use paper straws 😩,” added another.
“That’s why we have to tax the rich,” reads another comment.
“That post just called me poor,” mused another.
Representatives for the founder of Kylie Cosmetics declined to comment on the backlash on Tuesday.
Private jet travel has been booming in Hollywood since the COVID-19 pandemic as A-listers, cast members and crew members choose private or charter flights, nervous about catching infection on commercial airlines or coping with cancellations, suspensions and other travel to become-related headaches that have been made worse by the pandemic.
Private jets generally produce significantly more emissions per passenger than commercial flights, according to the BBC, further contributing to the climate crisis.
“A huge amount of fuel is used when an airplane takes off and lands, no matter how many people are on board. So an already polluting mode of transport (commercial aviation) is getting worse (with private jets),” said Dr. Debbie Hopkins, transport decarbonisation expert at Oxford University, told the BBC last year.
According to @CelebJets, Drake took a 20-minute trip from Barcelona to Ibiza, Spain but didn’t get as much excitement about it, perhaps because it was island hopping.
The account, which follows celebrities and their private air travel daily, also posted something this week about director Steven Spielberg taking one 24 minute flight from Teterboro, NJ to the Hamptons in New York.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-07-20/kylie-jenner-private-jet-flight-climate-criminal Kylie Jenner gets heat for 17-minute flight on private jet