Images suggest LA jetpack sightings may have been balloons

A TV station says a Los Angeles police helicopter recorded images of what appeared to be a human-shaped inflatable toy floating in the sky about two weeks after the second of three airline crew reports of a possible jetpack flier

LOS ANGELES -- A Los Angeles police helicopter recorded images of what appeared to be a human-shaped inflatable toy floating thousands of feet in the sky about two weeks after the second of three airline crew reports of a possible jetpack flier last year, KNBC-TV reported Monday.

“The FBI has worked closely with the FAA to investigate reported jetpack sightings in the Los Angeles area, none of which have been verified. One working theory is that pilots might have seen balloons,” the statement said.

The first report of a possible jetpack flier was made on Aug. 30, 2020, by an airline crew on a flight approaching Los Angeles International Airport. The second report was on Oct. 14, 2020, and the third was on July 28, 2021.