Someday I want to spend New Year’s Day thumbing my nose at the laws of space and time. Unfortunately, the closest I’ll probably ever get is skipping across the international time zone at just the right moment.
Hawaiian Airlines flight from Auckland, New Zealand, to Honolulu did just that on Sunday. At least six others did the same thing, but Hawaiian Airlines flight HA446 wasn’t supposed to be in the group at all, since it was originally scheduled to take off at 11:55 p.m. on Dec. 31. A ten-minute delay meant that it took off five minutes after midnight. The flight finally landed in Honolulu at 10:13 a.m. local time on New Year’s Eve—meaning that passengers had 14 hours or so to prepare how they were going to celebrate the new year a second time.
There were at least six other flights that performed a similar trick, according to Flightradar24.
Our current understanding of physics tells us that it is theoretically possible to travel in time if you go faster than the speed of light, or you are traveling near super black holes.
I think I’ll go to Hawaii instead.