LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will she arrive in time? Intrepid online flight trackers seem to think so.
On social networks, Taylor Swift fans and aviation journalists believe they have identified Swift’s private jet, labeled “The Football Era.” He arrived from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Los Angeles’ LAX Airport just after 3:30 p.m. local time.
Her plans to travel to Las Vegas, where her boyfriend, star NFL tight end Travis Kelce, will play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, have not yet been revealed.
Representatives for Swift and VistaJet, the world’s only private airline, did not immediately respond to AP’s request for comment.
Swift’s latest song was still ringing in the ears of thousands of fans at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday night when the singer rushed to a private jet at Haneda Airport, presumably to embark on an intensely scrutinized trip to see Kelce.
“We’re all going to have a big adventure,” Swift told the crowd earlier. She was talking about music, but it could also describe her race against time, which involved crossing nine time zones and the international date line.
With a final bow at the end of her sold-out show, dressed in a sequined blue outfit, the crowd screaming, the strobe lights pulsing, the confetti falling, Swift disappeared beneath the stage and her journey to the other end of the world has begun.
His planned trip to watch Kelce’s Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas has fired imaginations and speculation for weeks.
“I hope she can come back in time. It’s so romantic,” said Hitomi Takahashi, a 29-year-old office worker, who bought matching Taylor Swift sweatshirts with her friend and was taking photos just outside Tokyo Dome.
About an hour after the concert ended, AP reporters were near Haneda’s private jet area when minivans arrived and someone entered the gate area, while four to five people carrying large black umbrellas obstructed the person’s view.
There was ample evidence at the concert of the unique cultural phenomenon that is the Swift-Kelce relationship, a connection between professional football and Swift’s immense star power. In addition to people wearing sequined dresses celebrating Swift, there were Kelce jerseys and hats and other Chiefs gear.
Some spent thousands of dollars to attend the pop superstar’s concerts this week.
“Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone,” Swift sang.
She won’t find herself this Sunday in Las Vegas where a sold-out crowd, not to mention millions of people around the world, will be watching her.
To call the global surveillance of Swift’s travels intense is an understatement.
Fans followed his jet. Carbon emissions from his world travels, which contribute to global warming, have been criticized. Authorities have weighed in on his ability to park his plane at Las Vegas airports.
Even Japanese diplomats got involved. The Japanese embassy in Washington posted on social media that it could attend the Super Bowl on time, including three Swift song titles in its statement: “Speak Now,” “Fearless” and “Red.”
“If she leaves Tokyo the evening after her concert, she should comfortably arrive in Las Vegas before the start of the Super Bowl,” the statement said.
Takahashi, the Tokyo Dome fan, was aware of the criticism Swift had faced over her private jets, but said the singer was being unfairly singled out.
“A lot of other people travel on business trips and she is here for work. She faces denigration because she is famous and stands out,” Takahashi said.
Swift has been traveling the world this week.
Before coming to Asia, she attended the Grammys in Los Angeles, winning her 14th Grammy and a record fourth Album of the Year award for “Midnights.” The show was watched by nearly 17 million people. She also made the surprise announcement that her next album would be ready for release in April.
Then the four concerts in Tokyo, and now the trip back to the United States. She followed Kelce for much of the Chiefs season.
Swift is expected to travel to Australia later this week to continue her tour.
“This week is truly the best kind of chaos,” she posted on Instagram on Wednesday.
Associated Press writer Mari Yamaguchi contributed to this report.
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