Over the last few days I’ve received countless tweets, mostly from folks stateside, linking to news articles detailing the treatment of grieving relatives of those lost on Malaysian Airlines flight 370.
“Ferrari F1 Team kicks grieving relatives of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 out of hotel rooms”
“Malaysia jet search: Grieving relatives forced to switch hotels as F1 crews move in”
“Grieving Families Booted From Hotel for Formula One Grand Prix”
Kicked. Forced. Booted.
But sometimes we would do well to look beyond headlines and actually think for a moment.
There are two hotels at the centre of all this. One is the Sama Sama, formerly the Pan Pacific. It is a large hotel, connected to the airport by a walkway, and was for many years the accreditation centre for the Grand Prix. It is still used by many teams and sponsors and one imagines it will have been…
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