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

Hundreds of people have joined a discussion on Twitter after a plane left a town in 2018 and arrived at their destination in 2017. Source Getty

The Hawaiian Airlines Flight HA446 took off from Auckland, New Zealand, at 12.05am on January 1, 2018, and reached Honolulu, Hawaii, at 9.45am on December 31, 2017. Well, at least it was for the passengers and flight crew aboard that flight! That meant the nine hour, 10 minutes flight landed at 10:16 am on 31 December 2017.

But it is not as uncommon as some might believe with planes crossing the International Date Line every day.

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In between New Zealand and Hawaii lies the worldwide date line and so the former is 23 hours ahead of the later.

Meanwhile, the next scheduled flight for Hawaiian Airlines Flight 446 is set to take off on January 4 from Auckland, and will land in Hawaii on January 3.

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Another commenter remembered taking a similar flight from Australia.

Ha. I did that once flying back from Australia on New Years. And we got free champagne on the plane.

Many responded with gifs from 1985 science fiction film Back To The Future, or memes to express bewilderment. Unlike McFly, however, the Hawaiian airlines passengers had a bit more leg room.

Interestingly, this "back to the future" phenomenon nearly didn't happen.

Usually, a delayed flight is anything but a cause for celebration.

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