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Storms have nothing to do with this. I'm a pilot who routinely flies into both Chicago O'Hare and La Guardia. The S-turns are because of flow control into busy airports. ATC normally tries to change speed of incoming aircraft but sometimes it's not enough and delay turns are required to ensure adequate separation. If they get really backed up due to bad ...


the flight plan movements look very similar to the shape of the storm. So this could just be a visualization issue.


Based on your provided flight info, I looked up the track history on flightradar and did see some potential traffic conflict that might have tempted the controller to route your plane that way. The first turn to the South appears to be a conflict with AAL 91, who was coming in from the North, also descending. AAL 91 executed a 90 right turn, while UAL 1709 ...


I find it hard to believe that this was a holding pattern of some sort. Believe it. An hour before landing would be about the point at which the aircraft will start its descent to its destination. Almost certainly, air traffic control were delaying your flight for a few moments to ease insertion into the landing pattern at Chicago. Doing this at altitude ...


Since you mentioned storms I would imagine the pilots had requested a deviation from track/altitude to avoid bad weather. The storm you felt was problem the fringe of a bigger storm system and they would have been given/or requested a path/level where the storm activity was reduced. Wi-fi also suffers in storms.

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