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'Time Travel' Flights Take Off In 2018, Land In 2017

'Time Travel' Flights Take Off In 2018, Land In 2017

After a flight that lasted nine hours and 10 minutes, it landed in Honolulu, at 10:15 a.m on December 31, 2017 (Hawaiian time). Still a pseudo-time travel jaunt, but not quite as spectacular. Flight HA446 was originally scheduled to depart Auckland at 11:55 pm on December 31, 2017, but the plane was actually a bit delayed.

The commercial flight departed Auckland, New Zealand at 12:05 a.m. local time on January 1, 2018 - just five minutes into the new year - after a 10-minute delay.

It then was due to arrive mid-morning on December 31 in Honolulu.




Reporter Sam Sweeney noticed the flight times and posted about it on Twitter.

According to Mashable, the flight was supposed to leave 10 minutes earlier in 2017. The International Date Line zig-zags from the North Pole to the South Pole through the sparsely populated Pacific Ocean.

Twitter celebrated the flight with memes on Sunday night. So, it actually left at 12:05 am on January 1, 2018. But fortunately for a flight delay (words we never thought we'd type), the passengers of Hawaiian Airlines Flight 446 got one incredible NYE story to tell at work come Tuesday. The incident took place because of the presence of International Date Line that the flight crossed while flying towards its destination. "Still seems to surprise a lot of people every year", another social media user wrote.

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