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'Time travel' flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

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Glenn Montgomery | 03 January, 2018, 02:01

The flight, HA446, left Auckland, New Zealand at 12:05 am, January 1st, 2018, and will land in Honolulu, Hawaii at 9:45 am on December 31st, 2017.

In between New Zealand and Hawaii lies the global date line and so the former is 23 hours ahead of the later. The flight was was scheduled to depart Auckland, New Zealand on December 31 at 11:55 p.m. local time on its way to Honolulu. That meant the eight-hour flight landed at 10:16 a.m. on December 31, 2017.

Several people on Twitter had a lot to say about the odd occurrence. Six other flights from Taipei took off in 2018 and landed in 2017 when they arrived in North America.

It appears Hawaiian Airlines Flight 446 is quite the expert when it comes to "time travel".

The passengers of the flight and the users of Twitter were surprised to discover about the time-traveling flight and enjoyed the rare circumstances.

Many travelers kicked off 2018 by scoring super-cheap flights to Paris or watching the fireworks in Guadalajara, the year's top trending NYE destination, but one cabin of lucky jet-setters celebrated New Year's by traveling back in time to 2017. Perhaps the flight attendants wanted to have their own toast in one time zone before heading to another.

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