Published: Wed, January 03, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

Several thousands of people have already done so, even without realizing it!

On December 31, Hawaiian Airlines Flight HA446 was scheduled to take off at 11:55 pm from Auckland and land at Honolulu by 9:45 am, December 31st. Now, because of the presence of Dateline, Honolulu is 23 hours behind Auckland and it was because of this that they travelled in the previous year.

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It followed up with another tweet showing six aircraft - three each from China Airlines and Eva Air - taking off from Taipei in 2018 "to bring their passengers back to year 2017 in North America".

Many responded with gifs from 1985 science fiction film Back To The Future, or memes to express bewilderment.

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"Gotta wonder if the crew ran 10 extra minutes of diagnostic checks to make this happen", another said.

Honolulu is 23 hours behind Auckland, thanks to the mid-Pacific location of the worldwide date line.

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But it is not as uncommon as some might believe with planes crossing the International Date Line every day. But it was thanks to a 10-minute delay that this feat of technical time-travel was made possible, reveals Mashable. You would if you flew from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere like 2018's first viral flight of the year. In other words, it happens a lot.

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