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Activists from Just Stop Oil claim to have cut through a fence to access the airfield of London Stansted Airport (EGSS) in the U.K. on Thursday morning to spray paint private aircraft to draw attention to climate change and protest against carbon emissions from those types of airplanes.

According to Bloomberg, one of the aircraft at the location is a private jet belonging to megastar pop music artist Taylor Swift. However, airport officials noted that there was “nothing to suggest” Swift’s aircraft was one of the ones targeted.


Jennifer and Cole cut the fence into the private airfield at Stansted where @taylorswift13‘s jet is parked, demanding an emergency treaty to end fossil fuels by 2030.

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— Just Stop Oil (@JustStop_Oil) June 20, 2024

Swift has been on tour since March 2023. Up until earlier this year, she utilized two Dassault Falcons. According to a statement her publicist made to Bloomberg News earlier this year, she purchased the carbon offsets equivalent to double her travel emissions (estimated at 1,216 metric tons of carbon dioxide last year) before the tour began.

One of the Just Stop Oil protestors, identified as Cole Macdonald, 22, from Brighton, England, made a statement referencing one of Swift’s songs.

“This system that is allowing extreme wealth to be accrued by a few, to the detriment of everyone else, is destroying the conditions necessary to support human life in a rapidly accelerating, never-ending ‘cruel summer,’” Macdonald said.

According to authorities, there was a brief traffic interruption at the airport and two protestors were arrested. Officials stated security at the airport will be increased this summer to prevent further vandalism.

Video was posted on social media showing a person cutting a hole in the fence to gain access to the airplanes and another spraying a small jet with a light coat of orange paint.

There was no report of damage to the aircraft or an estimate for the cost of cleanup.

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