The LAX Jetpack Man


LAX is one of the busiest and most horrible airports in the entire United States, if not the entire Western Hemisphere. The parking is abysmal, the traffic will have you pulling your hair out, and the staff that works there actively tries to make your life a living nightmare.

In the midst of the dystopia that is LAX, a man has been spotted flying around on a jetpack.

According to Men’s Health:

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: On Wednesday afternoon, crew members on an airliner flying near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) once again spotted a person in a jetpack gliding at an altitude of 6,000 feet high, a few miles northwest of the flight hub.

It’s the second time in six weeks that aviation professionals have observed someone in a jetpack flying near LAX.

At 1:45 p.m. PST, the crew of the LAX-bound China Airlines Flight 006, a Boeing 777 coming from Taipei, alerted air traffic controllers of the strange sight. Here’s part of the transcript of the conversation between the China Airlines crew and air traffic control, according to audio obtained by The War Zone:

China Airlines 006: “We just saw a bright object at 6,000.”

LAX Tower: “006 heavy can you say that one more time please?”

China Airlines 006: “We saw a flying object like a [this part is hard to decipher, but it sounded like] flight suit jetpack at 6,000.”

LAX Tower: “Was it a UAV or was it a jetpack?”

China Airlines 006: “Like a jetpack. Too shiny. It’s too far.”

LAX Tower: “006 heavy, roger, thank you… Emirates 215 heavy there was a jetpack reported about 13 miles ahead.”

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to CNBC it received the report, and promptly alerted local law enforcement. Rest assured the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also on the case, as a spokeswoman told the New York Times the Bureau is “investigating multiple reports of what, according to witnesses, appeared to be an individual in a jetpack near LAX.””

If L.A. couldn’t get any worse, a man flying around on a jetpack that could potentially jam up traffic even more or cause flights to be delayed more than they almost always are — could truly be the cherry on top of the crap sundae that is Los Angeles.