Criticism of Kylie Jenner is intensifying amid reports that the reality star is using her private plane for minute-long flights across Southern California.
BuzzFeed highlighted a post from the Celebrity Jets Twitter account that showed “Kylie Air” flew from Camarillo to Van Nuys earlier this month, a 17-minute trip that would have been just a 45-minute drive.
It’s not exactly uncommon for celebrities to own private jets, but as many on Instagram have pointed out, the decision comes amid an ongoing and worsening climate crisis. And Kylie reportedly takes her jet on short flights all the time, making regular trips that are less than 15 minutes each, according to the BuzzFeed article.
Fans were quick to point out the issues with the post, writing, “Maybe take none and reduce your carbon footprint” and “But what about fighting climate change?”
A private jet can emit two tons of CO2 in just one hour. And that adds up. A study published in the journal Global Environmental Change found that private jet flights produced 33.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2016.
Additionally, according to Common Wealth findings, the average private jet flight emits 10 times more greenhouse gases than the equivalent economy-class flight. It also emits 150 times more than a high-speed train ride of the same distance.
The mode of transportation is a cheeky sign of wealth. Elon Musk, for example, claims he enjoys a frugal lifestyle with the exception of his $70 million private jet, which he took on 250 flights in 2018 alone. Other celebrities have also been called out for taking short flights on private jets. including Taylor Swift, Mark Wahlberg and Oprah Winfrey.
One user expressed their annoyance in a comment on Jenner’s Instagram, asking, “Why am I limiting my meat intake and using paper straws while 1% can pump tons of carbon into the atmosphere for a day trip to Palm Springs?”
Another person tweeted that they had to sacrifice convenience by riding a bike to work, using paper straws and limiting beef consumption just to reduce their carbon footprint.
“80% of people have never taken a plane, and Kylie Jenner is out here taking regular 10-minute flights, five flights in the last week under 30 minutes, one was 3 minutes long. Her carbon footprint for one 10-minute flight is more than some people make in a year,” a third user commented.
Another person wrote, “I still recycle, I use stainless steel straws, compost, and everything else I can to reduce my footprint and we all should, but we’ve been gaslit to think that we’re responsible for climate change when it’s the elite class and fossil fuel companies who are largely responsible.”
“’The Kardashians’ thought the ‘day of normal errands’ with Kris and Kylie would be cute, but it’s so gross. We know they’re out of touch, we don’t need to see just how out of touch. Kris didn’t know how to use her credit card and was so excited to push the cart. Is she 5?” the person wrote.
A recent report found that a single private jet like Jenner’s can emit two tons of carbon dioxide in just one hour, according to The Washington Post.