Colonel Gadafi has already stated that he will target passenger jets in the Mediterranean, and Malta is slap bang in the middle of the Med, with tourism its No.1 National income. That means the majority of those tourists visiting the island will be coming on planes over the Med.
Pot luck...as the planes criss-cross the water like sitting ducks for Al Qaeda stationed on the ground in the Libyan desert..
You cannot take Gadafi's threats with a pinch of salt either considering he blew the Pan Am 103 out of the sky over Lockerbie in Scotland in 1988 killing 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground.
Now Al Qaeda have the opportunity to do his dirty work for him and you can be sure they wont be thinking about the pan Malta-Libya friendship that the Maltese are relying on, not to be attacked.
They just enjoy killing Westerners in their holy war with passenger jets being one of the preferred global Islamic terrorist targets over the years.
Imagine the coup on the propaganda front for Al Qaeda to shoot down a passenger jet over the Med?