Sunday, March 18, 2007

Time zone travel, annoying but not life-threatening

I had the pleasure of flying on a redeye from the USA to Europe on the night of the new US daylight savings system went into effect. On the return trip from Europe, the 767 provided a fun video map of the flight status, including remaining flight time and local time zones. The software did not take into account the new daylight savings plan, so I asked a flight attendant whether the software would be updated. The attendant then made a public announcement that the in-flight entertainment used the wrong time zone, and that passengers should "set the clock back one hour." Passengers are now two hours off actual time. At the left are images. My watch is set to the proper time in Washington, DC. The airline is not.