'Iron Man' jetpacks spark concerns in Hawaii
HONOLULU (AP) - Want to fly like Iron Man?
Thrill-seekers eager to try the next new watersport are rushing to strap on jetpacks that propel people into the air with the help of pumped water.
But the devices are causing requests for regulation in Hawaii, where fishermen, scientists and state officials are questioning their safety and their effects on tropical fish and coral.
A device called the Jetlev can lift a person 9 metres high by pumping water from a backpack through a hose connected to a small, unmanned boat. Another device called the Flyboard, which looks like a small snowboard attached to a hose, can propel riders 14 meters in the air.