Old Apr 16, 17, 8:02 pm
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Originally Posted by sw3 View Post
Force majeure = "unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract", "an event or effect that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled", "an unexpected event [...] which prevents someone from doing something that is written in a legal agreement". Totally legal as long as the airline proves it, which they should do bringing up schedules and flight records from the relevant flights (UA4680 GJT-DEN, UA4600 DEN-SDF, UA3411 ORD-SDF, UA4766 SDF-DEN) so the timeline of events make it clear the sudden crew requirement was unforeseeable.
In major contracts you see the force majeure clause, but it is usually applies to a very unforeseen and often rare event such as a hurricane, earthquake, volcano eruption, or certain acts of war if there is not a separate war clause. And it would probably require a closer relationship to the specific flight.
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