While most of us welcomed 2018 this past week, passengers onboard a flight from Auckland to Honolulu did quite the opposite: they went back to 2017!
On New Year’s Eve, Hawaiian Airlines flight HA446 was originally due to depart Auckland, New Zealand, at 11:55pm local time. However, the plane got delayed and eventually left 10 minutes late at 12:05am on the first morning of 2018.
They arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii at 10:16am local time, 31 December 2017. Meaning, thanks to the huge 23-hour time difference between the two locations, the flight somehow went back in time. That’s two New Year’s celebrations for the people onboard flight HA446!
ABC7 transportation reporter Sam Sweeney pointed out the anomaly on Twitter.
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) December 31, 2017
The internet, of course, had memes in response.
— Ben Skiba (@benskiba14) December 31, 2017
— Joe Cuzz III (@joecuzz78) December 31, 2017
That does sound like Lost. Glad I’m not on that flight.
— Greg Bussmann (@GregBussmann) December 31, 2017
@GregBussmann Are Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly on board?
— David Craig (@davidcraigstl) December 31, 2017
Some also explained how this could have happened (apparently, it’s quite common).
That happens every time a plane crosses the current midnight line – think of it as the border between the kingdoms of 2017 and 2018 – in the wrong direction on New Year’s. In other words, it happens a lot. Still seems to surprise a lot of people every year.
— Anna Wallenstam (@WALLSTAM) December 31, 2017
Hawaiian Airlines flight HA446 wasn’t the only plane who did some time-traveling on that same night. Another flight from Auckland bound for French Polynesia turned back the clock by crossing the International Date Line, as did six flights from Taipei to destinations across US and Canada.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) December 31, 2017
The 6 flights from the future (Year 2018) are about to arrive to their destination (Year 2017). pic.twitter.com/h01QPmCDEB
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 1, 2018
And all this time we thought we needed a DeLorean or a Tardis to time travel!