Travel story: A flight from New Zealand made it

Sam Sweeney

Honolulu is 23 hours behind Auckland and the nine-hour and 10 minute flight landed at 10:16 am on December 31, 2017.

It's plane insane: A flight that took off in 2018 ended up landing in 2017.

While it caused confusion for a number of social media users, the post left many people joking about time travel with a number of references to Lost, Back to the Future and Cher's song 'If I could turn back time'.

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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.

It's no time travel but simply the presence of the global date line that the flight crossed while flying towards its destination.

In between New Zealand and Hawaii is the worldwide date line, which explains the hefty time difference between the two locales.

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New Zealand is technically only a distance of eight hours by flight to the Hawaiian islands. This happened due to a takeoff delay, and a quirk in the time zones that define the world.

Therefore, the passengers onboard the Airbus A330 got to enjoy their New Year twice - simply by flying to a different country.

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