Air Malta returns for two forgotten passengers 40 mins after take-off

Oops - An Air Malta flight from the Mediterranean island to Manchester was 40 minutes into its journey when airline personnel discovered they had left two passengers behind at Luqa Airport.

Air Malta flight had to return to  the island to pick up two passengers they forgot to board the first time

Air Malta flight had to return to the island to pick up two passengers they forgot to board the first time. Image by Mark Harkin / CC BY 2.0

It meant that the captain had to tell those on board they would have to endure a return to base to pick up the forgotten pair who were still waiting at the terminal.

The MailOnline reported the airline as saying it had made the diversion due to a security precautionary measure which arose when a discrepancy was found between the amount of passengers and baggage on the plane.

The head of security and compliance confirmed that the carrier was now interviewing 11 staff members to ascertain the root of the problem.

When the planet returned it picked up the two passengers – one from the UK and one from China.

Originally the flight was fully booked up but two members of staff travelling on cheaper tickets gave up their seats so that the forgotten pair could be accommodated on the journey to the UK.

It is understood that the turnaround would have cost Air Malta €2000 (£1500).

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