Disclaimer- I am in no way as experienced as many of you here, but I do try and follow this board. I rarely post, but mostly lurk. I like to follow aviation because I think the more I learn, the better I’ll feel about flying.
Maybe this fascinates only me. Very possibly. Yesterday I flew to Chicago on Virgin America Flight 232-
The flight was pleasant and mostly uneventful, just a few minor bits of turbulence. Nothing for someone even like me to get worked up over. What sustained bits of bumps we encountered was about an hour before landing. If it wasn’t for the flight deck telling the attendants to get in their seats for landing, we never would have known there were pilots on board, it could have been computer flown the entire way. Since Jet Blue for some reason discontinued flying to Chicago from either Long Beach or LAX, we’ve taken Virgin and they always seem (to me, anyway) to take some unusual routes. So finally my question- the zigs and zags we took once were commenced the descent, why would the plane do that? Rather than take a relative straight line, we seemed to be turning right and left all the way into O’Hare. It seemed much more frequent and pronounced in the air than it might look on the chart. Were they stalling to save time to wait and get in line for landing, or what? Or am I just reading too much into something ordinary?