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CNN: A man flying a jetpack was reported by pilots above Los Angeles

Old Sep 3, 20, 1:52 pm
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CNN: A man flying a jetpack was reported by pilots above Los Angeles

An unusual call came into the Los Angeles airport concerning an unidentified man flying a jetpack.
An American Airlines flight was the first to report a "guy in a jetpack" at the plane's' altitude of 3,000 feet above Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday.
They said that the man was approximately 30 yards away from the aircraft.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/01/us/je...rnd/index.html
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Old Sep 3, 20, 2:27 pm
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It was Harrison Ford, wasn't it?
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Old Sep 3, 20, 6:36 pm
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A few thoughts...
1. I know ATC's are cool Customers, BUT... "Roger American 1997 a man in a Jet Pack. was he on your right or your left?" Like it's a Normal Occurrence! ???
2. What [redacted due to violation of FT Rules on profanity] flies a Jetpack around a busy Intl Airport like LAX???
3. how hard is it to chase down a guy in a Jet Pack? its not like you can buy one at Walmart, and there cant be that many people who own one? Someone will drop a dime on this fool! Rt

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Old Sep 10, 20, 12:01 pm
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My guess: An independent filmmaker shooting some footage for an upcoming film. Too cheap to secure proper permissions and/or knew they would never get permissions that close to active runways, so they decided to shoot anyway and then pay a fine if caught.
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Old Sep 10, 20, 12:14 pm
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Originally Posted by roadtriper View Post
1. I know ATC's are cool Customers, BUT... "Roger American 1997 a man in a Jet Pack. was he on your right or your left?" Like it's a Normal Occurrence! ???
Don't forget - Hollywood is in Los Angeles. Things that are dramatically are not that "surprising" to Los Angeles.

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2. What [redacted due to violation of FT Rules on profanity] flies a Jetpack around a busy Intl Airport like LAX???
The same kind that operate drone around the airport.

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3. how hard is it to chase down a guy in a Jet Pack? its not like you can buy one at Walmart, and there cant be that many people who own one? Someone will drop a dime on this fool! Rt
Quite difficult actually.

To chase someone on a Jet Pack, you will have to first determine the landing location first. If properly planned, the landing can occur without anyone's noticing.

And Los Angeles is no London - not covered by CCTV everywhere.
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