Reply To: Choppy transatlantic flight in December

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UA is notorious for popping on the fasten Seat Belt sign at the slightest hint of a chop.

Though it sounds like your turbulence was more significant, and probably warranted suspension of cabin service, many European Airlines will be reluctant to put the Fasten Belt sign on until the last sensible minute and carry on offering cabin service (sans hot drinks) even after that, when conditions prudently allow.

On my last UA service in the summer I was amazed how frequently the sign was illuminated, and frequently left on well after we had returned to normal cruise.

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