Airline pilots landing at Los Angeles International Airport reported seeing an unknown person on Sunday flying as high as 3000 feet in a jetpack. It's yet another notch in the "2020 sure is weird" scorecard as this mystery jet pack enthusiast said, "hold my beer" to the Angel of Death by cruising the skies right in the middle of an airliner's damn flight path. The pilot and air traffic controller took the news in stride to their credit, their exchange going like this:
American Flight 1997: "Tower, American 1997, we just passed a guy in a jetpack."
Tower: "American 1997, OK, thank you. Were they off to your left or right side?"
American Flight 1997: "Off the left side, maybe 300 yards or so, about our altitude."
Again, the pilot played it pretty cool considering a lone human being was flying alongside their aircraft only 300 yards away, which might as well be right next to it as far as an airplane is concerned.
The FBI is currently investigating the possible identity and motives of this unidentified flying idiot, and while I can't speak as to who this person might be, I think the motive is pretty obvious. We have now reached the moment in quarantine in which we're so bored that we're willing to emulate '90s movies for entertainment. This person clearly watched the 1991 film, The Rocketeer on Disney+, and thought to themselves, "Screw it, why not?" Remember The Rocketeer? It's a criminally underrated film about a guy who finds a secret, rocket-powered jetpack and uses it to become a superhero.
It's a masterpiece, and it's understandable why a person, binging through a few '90s classics, might be tempted to don a jet pack and helmet and see if they can outrace a 747. My advice to the FBI would be to look for anyone who has taught their dog to play basketball or experimented with Flubber technology.
That, or they can just sit back and watch Bill Campbell save clown pilots from crashing biplanes.
I mean it, this movie rules.
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