How does stuff like this even happen? This time, you can thank flight delays and the International Dateline.
Passengers were on board a flight that left Auckland, New Zealand, at 12:05 a.m. local time. That meant the flight left in 2018, The Daily Mail reported.
But it landed in Honolulu at 10:16 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2017.
Technically, Auckland is 23 hours ahead of Honolulu.
Twitter had a field day with the pseudo time-traveling flight.
Bring back lotto numbers!— John Rambo (@JohnJ2427) December 31, 2017
You could fly the other way and skip the New Year's Eve thing completely. https://t.co/SrM2UK17U7— Ira Goldman 🦆🦆🦆 (@KDbyProxy) December 31, 2017
Sounds almost like a Twilight Zone ep...— Craig McDermott (@cpmaz) January 1, 2018
So, in theory, the passengers could have celebrated the new year and will get a chance to do it for the 2nd time in 24 hours!— Pheagle Drei-Kubiert (@PheagleAdler) December 31, 2017
And while some were having fun with the so-called time-traveling flight, others used logic to explain that it’s actually not that odd of an occurrence.
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
Sixteen years ago, a similar flight lifted off in the 21st century and landed in the 20th.— The Deplorable Vixen (@FoxDen_Studios) December 31, 2017