‘Time-traveling’: Delayed plane flight departed in 2018, arrived at destination in 2017

By: - Reporter / @KHallareINQ
/ 06:43 PM January 03, 2018

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Some passengers aboard a plane went back in time — sort of.

This was noted by WJLA transportation reporter Sam Sweeney on Sunday, after he noticed that a flight from Auckland, New Zealand to Honolulu, Hawaii will land on their destinations in different years, because of an unexpected 10-minute delay.


Sweeney noted that Hawaiian Airlines flight no. 446 departed New Zealand at 12:05 a.m., where the country had just welcomed 2018.

The plane was expected to reach Hawaii at 10:16 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2017, all thanks to the 23-hour time difference between the two countries, and “an unexpected delay.”


His tweet became viral, triggering interesting reactions from netizens. One expressed that she was not surprised, because it was not new to her, and explained how it actually “happens a lot.”


Twitter user @MattDecample wondered if the delay was intended by the crew.

This netizen raised the issue that time travel is now possible, but was disappointed that no flying car exists.

Netizen @webcentric best expressed his reaction through this gif photo, featuring Marty McFly and Doc Emmett Brown from the classic “Back to The Future” film trilogy.

The passengers surely remembered this flight. JB


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