Time travel? Flight takes off in 2018, lands in 2017

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A tweet about the trip from New Zealand to Hawaii generated a spirited discussion online, with close to 300 comments made about the journey. However, due to a delay, the flight did not take off until 12:05 a.m. on January 1, 2018.

Time travel is only possible in science fiction movies, as scientists are yet to invent a device for that objective, but, in a rather odd phenomenon, the passengers and crew of a Hawaiian flight went back in time - from New Year 2018 to 2017.

New Zealand is technically only a distance of eight hours by flight to the Hawaiian islands.

It's incidents like these that make us believe that time travel is real, in a way.

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In between New Zealand and Hawaii is the global date line, which explains the hefty time difference between the two locales.

The post prompted others to share their own stories about experiencing the beginning of the new year multiple times. Many have lived it, but few are the ones who have philosophized in this way.

Yes, people on planes actually age at a slightly different rate to people on the ground thanks to time dilation as described in Einstein's theory of relativity.

Auckland city in New Zealand was the first major city on earth to celebrate 2018 new year.