This flight started off the new year with a bit of time travel

January 01, 2018 04:59 PM

Passengers on Hawaiian Airlines’s flight 446 experienced a bit of time travel to start off their new year.

The flight, which traveled from Auckland, New Zealand to Honolulu, Hawaii, was scheduled to depart at 11:55 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. However, because of a 10-minute delay, the flight didn’t end up taking off until 12:05 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.

Due to the time difference between New Zealand and Hawaii — the former is 23 hours ahead of the latter — passengers ended up landing at 10:16 a.m., back on Dec. 31 in 2017.

In between New Zealand and Hawaii lies the international date line, which explains the hefty time difference between the two locales. Sam Sweeney, a transportation reporter for Washington, D.C., station WJLA, was the first to notice the sci-fi-esque take-off and landing times of the flight.

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Once Sweeney tweeted out his discovery, people took notice — and had quite a few questions.

While others couldn’t help but make plenty of pop culture jokes, from a confused Dr. Phil to Lost to Back to the Future.

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And for the passengers, well, 2018 just became the year so nice that they greeted it twice.

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