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Malta has to be very careful with regard to terrorism, e.g.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EgyptAir_Flight_648 – a hi-jacked flight ending in large scale bloodshed at Malta International Airport.
A murder carried out, allegedly by Israeli agents, in the middle of our prime tourist area.
Air Malta was also blamed for shipping the bomb that brought down Pan Am 103, although they sued Granada TV when they made this allegation in a documentary and won a substantial out of court settlement.
Scottish TV recently repeated the allegation, causing a strong reaction from a Scottish politician and the father of one of the victims, RIP.
You may not realise that we are only 2 hours 15 minutes flight time away from the middle east and that is far too close for comfort, when the illegal behaviours of some terrorist groups and certain governments are considered.