New & now
Flight to Catania returns to Malta after passenger refuses to wear a face mask on board
An argument broke out just after takeoff.

Jillian Mallia

An early morning flight to Catania hastily turned back to Malta after a passenger refused to wear a mask on board, according to reports.

Freya Angeolova Moutafova, a 24-year-old Italian national resident in Bulgaria reportedly boarded her 6am Air Malta flight to Catania from MIA, but just after takeoff an argument ensued with a crew member who insisted with Ms Mountafova on wearing her face mask during the flight.

The passenger stubbornly refused, according to reports, even after being informed of the risk she posed to other passengers on the flight. This prompted the captain to turn the plane around, landing back in Malta and immediately alerting the police.

The reluctant traveller was then escorted to court under arrest, later admitting to disobeying the crew member’s instructions. Ms Mountafova landed herself a 6-month jail term suspended for two years, a conviction and a stern warning from the court that pointed out such irresponsible behaviour put herself and others at risk.

11th January 2021


Jillian Mallia
Written by
Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

You may also like...
New & now
New & now
New & now
New & now
Here's today's update.

Jillian Mallia
New & now
New & now
Lockdown, curfew and closing of schools have been ruled out.

Jillian Mallia