The 19-year-old who turned down $5,000 from Elon Musk to take down a Twitter account that tracks his private jet, got a job offer from a private-charter-flight company
Late last month, we wrote about a 19-year-old who turned down a $5,000 offer from Tesla Elon Musk to take down a Twitter account that tracks his private jet. The news quickly went viral after he rejected Musk’s offer. The saga now appears to be over and the story seems to have a good ending.
We now learn today that Jack Sweeney, 19, has been offered work with the Orlando, Florida, private-charter-flight company Stratos Jet Charters, the New York Post first reported the news.
“It was pretty cool. They’re UCF alumni, so it’s pretty interesting,” Sweeney told the Post of the job opportunity.
Stratos President and CEO Joel Thomas told the Post the company offered Sweeney work on its development team after seeing his “creativity” in starting the Twitter account Elon Musk’s Jet. Thomas also told Business Insider that the company reached out to Sweeney about employment.
“Seeing Jack’s interest in private aviation along with his adroit tech capability, I opened the door to him to join our development team,” Thomas said. “Understanding that he is currently enrolled at UCF, Stratos is happy to work with him on a project basis, part-time, or internship to help him further his educational goals.”
Thomas added: “I see Jack as having both a passion for aviation and for tech. I believe this is the recipe to help Stratos continue to raise the bar that others are chasing.”
It all started in the fall of last year after Musk asked the 19-year-old Jack Sweeney $5,000 to take down a Twitter account that tracks his private jet. Tech news outlet Protocol reported that Sweeney received a message in fall last year at 12:13 a.m. from Musk offering $5k to take down the account. “Can you take this down? It is a security risk,” Musk requested.
Sweeney replied: “Yes I can but it’ll cost you a Model 3 only joking unless?” Protocol reported. Musk said: “I don’t love the idea of being shot by a nutcase,” according to Protocol. Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 after a few messages back and forth, Protocol reported.
“Any chance to up that to $50k? It would be a great support in college and would possibly allow me to get a car maybe even a Model 3,” Sweeney responded, per Protocol.
The “Elon Musk’s Jet” account tracks Elon Musk’s Private Jet(N628TS) with a bot using public ADS-B data from ADSBExchange. The account also shows the movements of Musk’s private jet, using bots that monitor publicly available air-traffic data.
Below is a post from ElonJet tweeted about 18 hours ago showing that Musk landed in Austin, Texas.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. pic.twitter.com/4l7tKiUspp
— Elon Musk's Jet (@ElonJet) January 26, 2022