Of course, the same thing can happen any time a flight leaves New Zealand and travels to Hawaii just after midnight (or anywhere else on the other side of the Date Line). That meant the eight-hour flight landed at 10:16 a.m. on December 31, 2017.
Flightradar24 has shared an image on Social media on Sunday which showed the plane of Hawaiian Airlines taking-off from Auckland, New Zealand, where the year had already changed to 2018 when the plane landed in Honolulu, Hawaii, where 2017 was still going on.
The passengers are *actual* time travellers though- give their aircraft's speed their watches will run slower relative to those of us not onboard.
It's not so complicated and apparently very common. Hence, the difference in dates (and one whole year in this case).
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The time difference between the two destinations is almost a day - with Auckland's time being 23 hours ahead of the Hawaiian capital. Sam Sweeney, a transportation reporter for Washington, DC, station WJLA, was the first to notice the sci-fi-esque take-off and landing times of the flight.
Flight HA446 wasn't the only flight that time-travelled from 2018 to 2017.
It then was due to arrive mid-morning on December 31 in Honolulu.
What a wonderful New Year's or two it was for those on board.