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

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"That happens every time a plane crosses the current midnight line - think of it as the border between the kingdoms of 2017 and 2018 - in the wrong direction on New Year's".

For the lucky passengers on a Hawaiian Airlines flight bound for Hawaii, a do-over came much sooner.


By the time the flight arrived in Hawaii, it was 10:16 A.M. - meaning, they technically arrived about 14 hours before they departed, on New Year's Eve. Surprised? Don't be - it's neither a curious case of time travel nor the famed time-turner at play.

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


Due to the time difference between New Zealand and Hawaii - the former is 23 hours ahead of the latter - passengers ended up landing at 10.16 am, back on Dec.31 in 2017.

A quirky take-off time let a jet full of passengers return to the year 2017 after departing in 2018. I celebrated 3 times.


Many responded with gifs from 1985 science fiction film Back To The Future, or memes to express bewilderment. But this serendipitous opportunity to countdown twice nearly didn't happen. However, an unexpected 10-minute delay meant that it took off at 12:05 am on 1 January 2018. So, it actually left at 12:05 am on January 1, 2018.

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