Flight "travels back in time" due to takeoff delay, time zone quirks

The passengers onboard the Airbus A330 got to enjoy their New Year twice — simply by flying to a different country across the date line

That meant the eight-hour flight landed at 10:16 a.m. on December 31, 2017. Still a pseudo-time travel jaunt, but not quite as spectacular.

This oddity nearly didn't happen-the flight was scheduled to leave at 11:55 pm on Sunday, and took off ten minutes late.

It sounds like the stuff of science fiction, but for passengers aboard Hawaiian Airlines Flight 446 that's exactly what they did.

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The plane was however delayed for 10 minutes, it left Auckland for Honolulu at 12:05 am on January 1st 2018.

Have you as a kid (or as an adult) watched Harry Potter and Hermione time-travel in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban to fix everything and felt like you wanted to, as well? The International Date Line zig-zags from the North Pole to the South Pole through the sparsely populated Pacific Ocean. Hence, the difference in dates (and one whole year in this case). The flight was supposed to depart the Auckland International Airport at 11.55pm local time. FlightRadar24, recognized as the most popular flight tracker in the world, also shared information on similar time-travel feats achieved by 6 Taipei flights bound for Canada and the United States.

Twitter celebrated the flight with memes on Sunday night. There was a delay of ten minutes which led to the flight taking off five minutes after the new year had started. "Still seems to surprise a lot of people every year".

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