What's with this flight path?


#1

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL172

DL flight 172 from ATL to JFk

and
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL1422

and
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL458

and
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL1987

and
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/DAL2035

and
http://flightaware.com/live/flight/COA693


#2

Looks like holding patterns, if I assume correctly that you are talking about the ovular tracks, probably due to poor weather in the east backing traffic up, and ATC needing to space them out some more.


#3

Are you sure these weren’t square dancing flights and they were doing a dosee-doo (sp?) enroute? :smiley:


#4

They look mostly like weather deviations, but some routes (particularly out of western Florida) make you go a bit north before you get headed to the Northeast