FBI: ‘Jetpack man’ at LAX may have been a balloon

TORONTO — After more than a year, the mystery in Los Angeles surrounding the “jetpack man” is about to be solved after new evidence released by the FBI suggests it may have been of a ball from the start.

Since last year, there had been several sightings of what appears to be a man flying in a jetpack near Los Angeles International Airport. Two airline pilots first reported the sighting in August 2020.

“We just passed a guy on a jetpack,” a pilot at the air traffic control tower said in a recording from the time.

“You don’t hear that every day!” replied the controller.

Another pilot reported seeing the supposed jetpacker near the airport in October 2020. The pilots reported two more sightings last December and last July, respectively.

This mysterious jetpacker seen flying over Southern California left pilots worried, unsure if it was a threat or a thrill seeker, and investigators puzzled.

But behind the scenes, the FBI was investigating the reports and this week released a chopper video showing the clearest images yet.

In the video, this mysterious jetpacker appears to be a giant balloon effigy of Jack Skellington’s character from Tim Burton’s 1993 film “The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Authorities believe the giant balloon figure broke loose from a home near Beverly Hills and floated to freedom before it was known to be missing.

“The FAA has worked closely with the FBI to investigate every reported jetpack sighting. To date, none of these sightings have been verified. One working theory is that the pilots may have seen balloons,” the US Federal Aviation Authority told CTV News in a statement. .