You need to eat bugs, stop doing your laundry, and buy an electric car that makes it impossible to do a long road trip, so you can save the planet. Unless you are rich and famous, then the rules don’t apply to you. If the commoners point out your hypocrisy, then you get a law passed to keep them from finding out how the rules you espouse don’t apply to you. It’s really important that your two private jets be permitted to fly you all over the world because you need to make money, or something.

unlike someone like Musk, Swift actually had a pretty good reason to travel a lot last year: she was on tour.

Musk travelling for business isn’t to be allowed, but Taylor Swift being permitted to travel for business is, like, really, super important, right?


Boneman · May 25, 2024 at 7:07 am

And we all thought the Caste System was dead. Like matter or energy, it can be neither created nor destroyed, merely transformed.

Jonathan · May 25, 2024 at 10:12 am

It’ll be interesting to see how this is implemented.
If it simply anonymizes normally public data, once someone learns what the anonymous code is for a particular person’s aircraft (which won’t be hard) then it can be tracked.
If the system is changed wholesale so that consistent codes aren’t used, it will be more difficult to track anyone.
I suspect the first approach will be used more than the second despite its drawbacks.
It is already doable to travel anonymously by renting or leasing a jet not publicly connected to yourself (changing aircraft frequently would make it essentially impossible)

Rick · May 25, 2024 at 10:37 am

As an aviator I have thought of tracking as doxing. Individuals of celebrity or high net worth have legitimate reasons to maintain their privacy.

Government flights should have zero privacy. Yet they have been shielded under a cloak of privacy long before this current law.

The impact of this bill will likely have little value in protecting privacy. Just look for the fast mover with only primary signature. Meaning there are work arounds. There are many other means to expose the hypocrisy of, say Kerry or Swift.

    Divemedic · May 25, 2024 at 11:27 am

    I would agree with people needing privacy, but not when they are out there advocating that I be forced by government to give things up like travel while partaking of that travel themselves.

      Rick · May 25, 2024 at 6:47 pm

      Oh yeah, a hearty FU to those who use the law to their exclusive desire while seeking to penalize others. Or, even just for their own wants.

      They are forked tongue devils.

GuardDuck · May 25, 2024 at 11:35 am

While I disagree with the reasons they used to pass this – I’ve always felt that there was no reason to be able to track a private planes movement anyway. No reason to be able to publicly track my registered cars movement, no reason to track a registered plane.

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