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Posted: Thursday, July 18th, 2013 11:48 AM HST

Hawaii considers regulating water jet packs

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The state of Hawaii is considering regulating water-powered jet packs, which appear to make people fly over water.

People use the packs to lift themselves up to 30 feet in the air at speeds up to 32 miles per hour.

The Board of Land and Natural Resources is inviting the Coast Guard, ocean users, jetpack tour operators and the public to a Thursday morning meeting to discuss usage issues and safety concerns.

Board Chairman William Aila will attend along with other state officials and a Coast Guard boating safety specialist. Jet pack operators and fishermen are expected to join the meeting.

Jet pack users strap the devices to their backs like backpacks. They're elevated when a tube connected to a small boat sends pressurized water to the packs.

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