Hawaii to Discuss Possible Water Jet Pack Rules

July 16, 2013

The Department of Land and Natural Resources is holding a public meeting this week to discuss possible state rules for water-powered jet packs.

The department says it called the meeting in response to public concerns about the jet packs, which can appear to make people fly over water. Users may reach heights up to 30 feet in the air and speeds up to 32 miles per hour.

water jet pack safetyUsers strap the devices to their backs like backpacks. They’re elevated when a tube connected to a small boat delivers pressurized water to the packs.

The meeting will be held at the department’s board room in Honolulu at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The department is inviting the Coast Guard, ocean users, jetpack tour operators and the public to discuss usage issues and safety concerns.

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