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It''s going to be a bumpy ride!

Earlier this week I was returning to Newark on Contintental. I had been on a flight from Paris and most of the flight was pretty smooth. However, when we were getting closer to Newark (about 45 minutes away I think) as the flight attendants were clearing up from the snack they served us before landing there was a sudden jolt that I have never felt before and it seemed to startle some of us. The flight attendant walking up the aisle almost fell into one of the seats. It was odd as the flight was so smooth until that point and it was just one jolt then it got smooth again. A few minutes later the pilot came on and said that it was going to be a bumpy ride until landing and that he was going to go ahead ask the flight attendants to prepare for landing and then sit down. After that announcement, it was incredibly rough for the rest of the flight and I thought we would never land. I have never experienced such a rough decent. The plane kept making these sounds as if it was making a big lunge and then would calm down. Maybe it is my imagination but, it seemed odd. I assumed that the weather must be rough or something but, when we landed it was quite cloudy but, there was only a light rain and a bit of wind. I am now wondering if something else happened other than turbulence. Anyone industry people care to give an opinion? I hesitate to ask though as I have to fly again later this month and don't want to create even more fear for myself but, I am curious about what happened. As a side, I am irritated that Continental did a bait and switch on us. They now seem to be flying 757-200s on their transatlantic flights. These are airplanes with 3 seats on each side which you would normally only expect on a domestic flight. I knew when I booked online that going to Paris I would be on such a plane but, had to book that one because of the time. However, I made sure on my return flight that I booked on the bigger plane that has a wider body. Unfortunately, they switched that flight to a 757-200 which I think was a major bait and switch. The only upside to these planes is that they are newer and have a great digital tv/music experience for a long flight but, it is too long of a flight to be on such a narrow plane with very little space in between seats. Not sure I will fly with them again because of this. I think it is the height of greediness to cram people onto these smaller planes for transatlantic flights.

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