This is my first post and luckily it will be a good one. Last Monday I flew on what I considered the most uncomfortable flight ever, now this is coming from someone who loves to fly, has taken flying lessons, and closely follows aviation. I’m hoping someone who is familiar or works in the ATC/Airline industry could review the route and characteristics of my flight and give some feed back on what could of happened.
To summarize: Our ascent was extremly slow, as we stayed below 10,000 feet for a few minutes out of KRDU then finally resumed and leveled out at FL290 about 20 min after wheels up. About midway through the flight, the pilots suddenly cut back on the throttle (this is confirmed by flight tracking) from 380 knots down to 200 knots! Shortly after this, the pilot began making turns and after a while it was appearent we were flying in circles. I assumed we were either in a holding pattern or resolving some kind of mechanical issue. During this circling our airspeed changed drastically as we would speed up and slow down. The range of airspeed during this time ranged from 180-280 knots which seems extreme to me especially at that high of altitude. Finally after 10 minutes, we instantly sped up (to 460 knots) and resumed our route north. The whole cabin seemed very abrehensive and there was never once an annoucement or apology by the pilots or cabin crew and we were 45 min late into LGA from our stated arrival by the pilots before takeoff.