Sweeney took a screenshot of the flight's schedule at 10:05 a.m. on December 31, 2017, and uploaded it to Twitter, where awestruck Twitter users retweeted the post over 29,000 times.
According to FlightAware, Hawaiian Airlines Flight 446 was originally scheduled to take off from Auckland, New Zealand at 11:55 p.m. on December 31, 2017 (New Zealand time).
The passengers are *actual* time travellers though- give their aircraft's speed their watches will run slower relative to those of us not onboard. As a result, Hawaii is almost a day behind New Zealand, at the time of the flight.
It's not so complicated and apparently very common.
A journalist based in Washington was the first to tweet about the "time travel". But because it's on the other side of the International Date Line, New Zealand is 23 hours ahead of Hawaiian time. But because of the minor delay, the passengers got to ring in the new year one extra time.
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The anomaly was noticed by an American journalist which, even though quite common, amazed Twitter.
Many travelers kicked off 2018 by scoring super-cheap flights to Paris or watching the fireworks in Guadalajara, the year's top trending NYE destination, but one cabin of lucky jet-setters celebrated New Year's by traveling back in time to 2017.
What a wonderful New Year's or two it was for those on board.
It then was due to arrive mid-morning on December 31 in Honolulu.