March 1, 2024

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Greenhouse gases: Should private jets be banned?

Greenhouse gases: Should private jets be banned?

While more than 1,000 private jets are expected for the Super Bowl, this mode of transportation is causing much debate because of the greenhouse gases it produces. So should we ban them?

On Saturday afternoon, more than 25,000 people followed singer Taylor Swift's private jet, which transported her from Tokyo, where she was holding a concert, to Los Angeles, so that she could arrive in Las Vegas in time for the Super Bowl, where his friend, Travis Kelce, will be on the field on Sunday night.


The American star's use of this mode of transport made headlines this week as statistics on his use of this mode of transport were published, attracting a lot of criticism.

A private jet trip pollutes 5 to 14 times more per passenger than a commercial flight and 50 times more than a train trip.

Taylor Swift has threatened to sue a Florida student who followed the singer's travels on a private plane.

But according to Mehran Ibrahimi, director of the International Observatory of Aeronautics and Civil Aviation, banning private jets will not be easy.

It's not just American Stars that use them, which means emergency travel needs an alternative.

“The question is, if you come through regulations to ban it, fine, but we have to provide alternatives,” he explained. What are we doing? People need to move. People think it's Taylor Swift or a celebrity, but it's not.

“Almost half of the people who travel by private jet are people on business, for example business managers, people who need to travel quickly to a site for a technical intervention and so on. Next, he continues. It would be nice to ban all of that, but how do we do it? What should we do in their place?

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Private jets are responsible for 0.04% of GHG emissions globally.

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