Back from the future: Flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

03 January, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Bert Pena
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The airline managed to take passengers "back in time" after a flight leaving New Zealand on Monday arrived in Hawaii on Sunday due to the time difference.

The idea of time travel is not far-fetched after all. As the Independent reported, another flight from Auckland took off around 10 in the morning on New Year's Day and landed in Papeete, French Polynesia, at 4:25 p.m. December 31, while six other flights departed Taipei in 2018 and landed in their respective locations in 2017.

Time travel is only possible in science fiction movies, as scientists are yet to invent a device for that goal, but, in a rather unusual phenomenon, the passengers and crew of a Hawaiian flight went back in time - from New Year 2018 to 2017.

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Honolulu is a full 23 hours behind Auckland, with the plane crossing the International Date Line on the way. A ten-minute delay meant that passengers actually left their departure point at 12:10 A.M. on New Year's Day, 2018. Eight hours later, when it landed in Honolulu, it was still December 31, 2017. Passengers were able to celebrate the end of the 2017 calendar year twice. But it was thanks to a 10-minute delay that this feat of technical time-travel was made possible, reveals Mashable.

These odd quirks of the calendar are fun to observe.

The flight crossed the worldwide date line, causing the alleged time travel.

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