Malaysia Airlines Tells Flight 370 Families to Go Home

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The assistance center at Beijing’s Lido Hotel for relatives of the missing passengers will be closed today, ending the daily mass briefings after nearly two months. CNN reports that the families were basically told to go home — with no answers. “Instead of staying in hotels, the families of MH370 are advised to receive information updates on the progress of the search and investigation and other support by Malaysia Airlines within the comfort of their own homes, with the support and care of their families and friends,” the airline said in a statement. We already know it prefers communicating via text message.

“Malaysia Airlines have suddenly told us to leave,” said the son of a woman who was on the flight, according to an AFP report. “They should have at least given us an adjustment period for us to make preparations and collect our things.” Additional info centers around the world will close May 7.

“We’re helpless,” said the father of another missing passenger. “We have no options now, and we’re informed to pack up and check out.”