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I travelled with UA from IAD to MUC in the second week of December and apart from two rather short windows (around 40 minutes each) the cabin service was suspended due to heavy turbulence (clear air turbulence, I think – I didn’t have a window seat).

I am aware that “heavy” is a subjective term, especially when it comes to people like me who are not the best of flyers 😉 So perhaps, most of you wouldn’t even remember such a flight.

1.) Are there months when Atlantic crossings tend to be choppier – apart from more obvious reasons like storms?
2.) Is it common that pilots don’t adapt the flying altitude (perhaps even the route?) if long-term turbulences (2hrs +) occur?

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