A flight from New Zealand made it — Travel story

A flight from New Zealand made it — Travel story

Reporter Sam Sweeney noticed the flight times and posted about it on Twitter. However, the flight had to cross the International Date Line to reach Hawaii, where it landed on 31st December, 2017.

However, something prompted a sharp 10-minute delay in the flight's departure and it finally departed at 12.05 am on Monday, January 1, 2018 (as per NZ time).

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.

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It's not so complicated and apparently very common. The plane "time traveled" because Auckland is 23 hours ahead of Honolulu.

Yes, people on planes actually age at a slightly different rate to people on the ground thanks to time dilation as described in Einstein's theory of relativity.

It appears Hawaiian Airlines Flight 446 is quite the expert when it comes to "time travel".

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It was joined by six other aircraft that brought their passengers to 2017, celebrating the New Year twice.

It then was due to arrive mid-morning on December 31 in Honolulu.

Not only did the passengers aboard this flight get to technically travel back in time, they also got to experience the last day of the year 2017 all over again.

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