In Other News: Malaysian Airlines Diaster

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By Michelle Eickmeyer

A look at a current news item through the lens of different titles available on GVRL.

March 14, 2014 – The disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

It’s the worst nightmare of any traveler, their family and most regular people. An airplane takes off at 12:41 am from Kuala Lumpur headed to Beijing with 239 people on board. Just two hours later… it’s vanished. The speculation began almost immediately: How had people boarded the plane with stolen passports? Was there a bomb? Could they have turned around? How long after the last radar ping was the plane still flying? Why is the ‘black box’ orange? In 2014, how do you lose a plane? With nearly a week passing, we know little more than we did the first day. The world continues to hope for the best, fear the worst, and wait for word.

Here are five titles which look at the the disappearance from different perspectives:

The Encyclopedia of Public Relations, 2nd Edition. Sage Publications, 2013

In this age of instant access and 24/7 news, the need to share information unending. But what’s the right balance between satisfying the want by the public while maintaining the sensitivity of the need for privacy for the families? When is “more info” too much info? When should you start talking and when do you stop?

Britannica Student Encyclopedia, 1st Edition. Encyclopedia Britannica, 2012

What if it is terrorism? What if the plane was hijacked? Look at terrorism from multiple angles, at a level appropriate for students. Explore the who, how and why of previous terror events.

The Rough Guide to Thailand’s Beaches & Islands, 2012 Edition. Rough Guides, 2012

Thailand is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And while this may not be the ideal time for a visit, it may be on your list of places to spend a week or so. Dream vacations may be expensive, but dreaming is free.

The Encyclopedia of the Modern World, 1st Edition. Facts on File, 2010

For more than 100 years, we have been blessed with the gift that is air travel. How quickly we forget how far we’ve come. Explore the history of aviation here.

The Human Rights Encyclopedia, 1st Edition. M.E. Sharpe, 2001

Why would someone buy a stolen passport and fly across a continent? Reports that one passenger did just that, searching for asylum in Germany, started emerging early Sunday. But what does asylum offer and how does it “work”?

Information for this post was taken from Malaysia Airline’s website for the incident.



photoAbout the Author

Michelle is an “anytime!” traveler and language enthusiast. She has degrees in talking from Central Michigan and Michigan State University. She is currently becoming a runner and used to play golf in high school.
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