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The passengers were hoping that this trip would allow them to “travel through time” and celebrate the New Year twice… but they arrived in the wrong year.

The passengers were hoping that this trip would allow them to “travel through time” and celebrate the New Year twice… but they arrived in the wrong year.

(CNN) — Passengers on a United Airlines flight hoping to “time travel” to celebrate the New Year have gotten off to an unfortunate start in 2024.

Flight UA200 was originally scheduled to depart Guam at 7:35 a.m. on January 1, 2024 and land in Honolulu, Hawaii, at 6:50 p.m. on December 31, 2023, traveling across time zones to pick up passengers a year earlier.

“You only live once, but you can celebrate New Year's Eve twice!” United Airlines had tweeted Earlier that week. In another Instagram post about flight UA200, he wrote: “Time travel is real.”

Every year, a range of flights offer passengers the opportunity to recreate their New Year's Eve celebrations, and airline crews sometimes celebrate the occasion several times on a single route.

But the passengers of the UA200 were disappointed. The flight was delayed, departing Guam at 1:49 PM on January 1 and arriving in Honolulu at 12:34 PM on January 1, resulting in a missed countdown.

Many passengers later voiced their complaints on X, formerly Twitter.

“Great idea, too bad it was delayed! I had to be on this flight. Double New Year's is no longer possible,” one person wrote under United Airlines' original tweet.

“I booked this trip specifically so I could do this,” read another comment. “I received a late notice and we are not scheduled to arrive until 1/1.”

The airline responded with X by offering passengers rebooking assistance.

Passengers on other one-off flights had better luck: for example, Cathay Pacific flight CX872, which departed Hong Kong shortly after 1 a.m. on January 1 and arrived in San Francisco at 8:22 p.m. on December 31. ; and Nippon Airways flight NH106, which departed Tokyo at 12:48 a.m. on January 1 and landed in Los Angeles at 5:12 p.m. on December 31.

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