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This New Year's Eve flight from New Zealand to Hawaii shows why ‘time travel is possible’

POSTED January 3, 2018 2:59 a.m.
Passengers on a recent flight to Hawaii time-traveled to celebrate the new year.

Hawaiian Airlines Flight HA446 left Auckland, New Zealand, at 12:05 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2018, but arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2017. Auckland is roughly 23 hours ahead of Hawaii.

Flightradar24, which keeps track of flight patterns across the world, tweeted that “time travel is possible.”

According to Mashable, the flight was supposed to leave 10 minutes earlier in 2017. Delays pushed its departure to 2018, creating the “time-traveling flight.”

“Perhaps the flight attendants wanted to have their own toast in one time zone before heading to another. In any case, the passengers and crew on the flight will have the rare experience of celebrating New Year's Eve twice in one day,” Popular Mechanics wrote.

Twitter celebrated the flight with memes on Sunday night.

Flights crossing time zones are nothing new. Online calculators to help travelers figure out time differences between flights can be found online.


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