QUOTE(L-1011 @ Oct 13 2009, 01:40 PM) [snapback]131434[/snapback]
Why would they do that?
Why would "who" do "what?" The pilots undoubtedly wanted to keep flying and were forced to retire at age 60. Since the rules were changed, they obviously wanted to either go back to work, or be compensated for the fact that they believe they were denied the opportunity to work ... since the rule had changed. Unfortunately, laws change all the time. But, for logicial reasons, laws are not retroactive, and they certainly can't be selectively retroactive. No one wants to be shipped off to jail for having done something 10 years ago - particularly when whatever was done was legal
when they did it, but now, with a new law, its illegal
. The same principle holds here. The airline didn't do anything wrong - they were merely obeying the law. I feel for the guys who had to retire ... but, sometimes it just rains on your parade. Heaven knows, my parade has been rained on more than once! Welcome to life.