A student who is tracking the whereabouts of Elon Musk has said he'll stop doing so if the Tesla CEO bends to his demands.
His demand has reduced from an initial cash reward of £42,411 ($50,000) to having a trip in the jet, recording the flight and talking to the entrepreneur about it.
Jack Sweeney, a 20-year-old IT major at University of Central Florida, has been tracking the flights and movements of Musk through a Twitter account, @ElonJet, which has drawn the SpaceX CEO plenty of heat.
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He was recently criticised for making a nine-minute, 35-mile flight from San Jose to San Francisco.
Speaking of what it'd take for Sweeney to stop tracking the flights, he said: "If he let me fly with him on his jet, record it and talk about it – and maybe not even pay me the $50,000 [previously asked for] — I would take it down. That is still up for discussion."
The flight tracker tweets public information snagged from the internet to chart and document the whereabouts and flight patterns of varying famous faces.
Tom Cruise, the Kardashian family, a number of Russian oligarchs and even tech titans like Musk and Bill Gates have all been tracked by the account.
Musk had originally offered the teenager just £4,241 ($5,000) to take the account down.
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Sweeney refused, and is continuing to track the movements of Musk to this day, but says it's a little harder than usual to get an exact reading on his whereabouts.
Sweeney said: "His plane was in San Francisco for less than a day. But it was hard to figure out because this was one of the flights where he had PIA [Privacy ICAO Address, which masks the plane owner’s identity].
"It’s like having a license plate on your car that is registered to another name. It takes extra work to know where the jet is going."
Musk reached out to Sweeney back in November 2021 where he asked him to take the bot down as it was a "security risk."
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