Well, that's a bit of a letdown.
Last year, pilots flying near Los Angeles International Airport started reporting something strange: a person seemingly flying around using a jetpack — and far too close to the airfield.
An investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the FBI still hasn't come up with any definitive answers as to what the hell the pilots saw. Even efforts using law enforcement aircraft yielded no results.
But now, we may have a tentative answer: the jetpack sightings may have been humanoid-shaped balloons. An image and a video released by the LA police department show a balloon in the shape of Jack Skellington, from the film "The Nightmare Before Christmas," flying over LA — rather than some daredevil Evel Knievel blasting past commercial airliners.
"The FBI has worked closely with the FAA to investigate reported jetpack sightings in the Los Angeles area, none of which have been verified," the FBI told Fox11 in a statement. "One working theory is that pilots might have seen balloons."
Return of the Jetpack
The video released by the City of Los Angeles shows the Jack Skellington balloon zipping through the air like some early Halloween prank.
Pilots made several sightings of the mysterious jetpack starting in August 2020. Then in August of this year, "jetpack guy" made an even more mystifying return, according to reports LAX from air traffic control.
"Use caution, the jetpack guy is back," an air traffic controller told other pilots in the area at the time, according to the LA Times.
Could the Jack Skellington balloon really be behind all of the bizarre jetpack sightings? We may never know with any degree of certainty.
One thing's for sure: now that jetpacks exist, we're probably going to hear periodic rumors — true or false — that they've been spotted in the wild.
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