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Arnold: I was recently denied a seat on an airline flight for which I had a confirmed reservation, because the airline had overbooked the flight. Since I was forced to fly on the next available flight, which did not depart until two hours later, I missed an important business meeting. Even though the flight on which I had a reservation was canceled at the last minute due to bad weather, the airline should still pay me compensation for denying me a seat on the flight.

Jamie: The airline is not morally obligated to pay you any compensation. Even if you had not been denied a seat on the earlier flight, you would have missed your business meeting anyway.

A principle that, if established, justifies Jamie's response to Arnold is that an airline is morally obligated to compensate a passenger who has been denied a seat on a flight for which the passenger has confirmed reservations_____

(A) if the only reason the passenger is forced to take a later flight is that the airline overbooked the flight

(B) only if there is a reason the passenger is forced to take a later flight other than the original flight's being canceled due to bad weather

(C) only if the passenger would not have been forced to take a later flight had the airline not overbooked the original flight

(D) even if the only reason the passenger is forced to take a later flight were at the original flight is canceled due to bad weather

(E) even if the passenger would still have been forced to take a later flight had the airline not overbooked the original flight

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Arnold: I was recently denied a seat on an airline flight for which I had a confirmed reservation, because the airline had overbooked the flight. Since I was forced to fly on the next available flight, which did not depart until two hours later, I missed an important business meeting. Even though the flight on which I had a reservation was canceled at the last minute due to bad weather, the airline should still pay me compensation for denying me a seat on the flight.

Jamie: The airline is not morally obligated to pay you any compensation. Even if you had not been denied a seat on the earlier flight, you would have missed your business meeting anyway.

A principle that, if established, justifies Jamie's response to Arnold is that an airline is morally obligated to compensate a passenger who has been denied a seat on a flight for which the passenger has confirmed reservations_____

(A) if the only reason the passenger is forced to take a later flight is that the airline overbooked the flight

(B) only if there is a reason the passenger is forced to take a later flight other than the original flight's being canceled due to bad weather

(C) only if the passenger would not have been forced to take a later flight had the airline not overbooked the original flight

(D) even if the only reason the passenger is forced to take a later flight were at the original flight is canceled due to bad weather

(E) even if the passenger would still have been forced to take a later flight had the airline not overbooked the original flight

Basically what Jamie says to Arnold is that in this particular case, it's not the airline's fault that Arnold had to take a later flight. However, it can be inferred that if Arnold had missed his flight because of the airline's fault, then the airline would be obligated to compensate.

(B) only if there is a reason the passenger is forced to take a later flight other than the original flight's being canceled due to bad weather ---->Not necessarily. Say, if the passenger is forced to take a later flight because they were late to the airport, the airline shouldn't have to pay. Incorrect

(D) even if the only reason the passenger is forced to take a later flight were at the original flight is canceled due to bad weather ---->If the passenger is forced to take a later flight because the weather was bad, it is not the airline's fault. It might be that the flight was booked to capacity or even a bit under capacity but due to bad weather they weren't able to take off. Incorrect

(E) even if the passenger would still have been forced to take a later flight had the airline not overbooked the original flight ---->This just says that even though the airline hadn't overbooked and the passenger had to take a later flight due to some reason (maybe bad weather, technical issues with the plane, someone calling in a bomb threat etc), the airline should have to pay. In case it's not the airline's fault, according to Jamie's argument, they shouldn't have to pay. Incorrect

I was stuck between A & C. I eliminated A as follows:

(A) if the only reason the passenger is forced to take a later flight is that the airline overbooked the flight ---->Seems a bit restrictive. This option says that if a passenger misses the flight, the airline should only compensate in cases when the flight was overbooked. What about the case when let's say the flight wasn't overbooked but the airline didn't call the passenger to tell them that the flight has been preponed by half an hour. Incorrect

Which only leaves C.

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Hey eshan429,

I was stuch between E and C, and your reason to eliminate E is indeed spot on!! i get why the ans . is C. Thanks!! and you get +1 kudos :-D

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IMO A...
Jamie said the airline is not morally obligated to pay because he has been denied a seat on the earlier flight and flight has cancelled due to weather...if he has denied a flight only due to overbooking then he will get the refund.

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I would say (A). According to Jamie, the airline should not be morally responsible for a flight canceled due to bad weather. But, if the airline had erred due to an overbooking, they should reimburse the passenger (or even better upgrade them to first class!).

The key to this answer is in Jamie`s final comment:

Jamie: The airline is not morally obligated to pay you any compensation. Even if you had not been denied a seat on the earlier flight, you would have missed your business meeting anyway.

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Passenger :
1. Confirmed reservation
2. Denied entry due to overbooking
3. Forced to take later flight , missed meeting .
4. Demands refund even though original flight was cancelled.
Assumption - passenger is demanding refund for the inconvenience caused.

Jamie :
1. Says not morally obliged .
2. This specific case - the inconvenience would have been caused anyway since there was bad weather.

Assumption : since end result was the same , airline not responsible .

Closest answers are A and C .
However A covers the case already stated in the argument .
A : means yes the passenger was forced to take a later flight and that was because of overbooking . But this argument has no bearing on the original flight and it's time of departure. So this option is directly out of the passenger's argument and hence it cannot justify Jamie's reasoning as the question asks .

C : this option on the other hand clearly states that the passenger would not have taken a later flight had the flight was not overbooked. This option implicitly infers that the original flight in this case will depart on time . Therefore this option is actually option A + plus timely departure restriction on original flight .

Hence C is the right answer

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this is still a gmat question because it strengthens the responding, or the conclusion from Jamie. This question is probably a LSAT question
In short, Jamie wants to say the airline compensates for its fault (overbooking)
C strengthens the above reason as it establishes the only cause why Arnold has to take another flight later.

My advice is to memorize the pattern first.

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