Air Malta passengers ordered to make way for PS Chris Bonett and family

The newest junior minister in Prime Minister Robert Abela’s Cabinet, Parliamentary Secretary Chris Bonett, is continuing to ruffle feathers – not through his work but because of incidents involving his conduct on private holidays.

Just a few days after being exposed as having used his official taxpayer-funded car to take his family on holiday to Sicily, Bonett has once again found himself at the brunt of complaints, this time from fellow passengers on an Air Malta flight.

On Wednesday 7 December, the eve of a public holiday, passengers on board KM 116 waiting to depart for London were told to vacate the pre-booked seats they had paid for in advance. They were instead given other seats in different sections of the flight’s economy class.

When asked for the reason behind the manoeuvres, Air Malta staff told relocated passengers they had been given instructions to change the pre-booked seating arrangement to make way for “a VIP” who would be boarding the flight.

To their surprise, the seething passengers realised their original seats had been reassigned to Parliamentary Secretary for EU Funds Chris Bonett and his family.

With passengers protesting about the situation, which affected around 10 of them who had to change seats to accommodate Bonett, Air Malta staff told aggrieved passengers the junior minister had insisted that his family all be seated in the same row.

In a social media post about the incident, independent political candidate Arnold Cassola, who also received the same information, said questions he sent to Air Malta about the incident were never answered.

One passenger who was on the flight remarked, “This sheer arrogance is even worse as Bonett was traveling on a holiday and not on some government business. If he wanted to be comfortable, he should have paid business class for his family, as he does when he travels on the government’s expense for some conference or other.”

Bonett’s latest incident comes shortly after his trip to Sicily with his ministerial BMW was revealed by The Shift.

While Cassola has already asked the Standards Commissioner to investigate that trip, Bonett has so far refused to reply to questions about who paid for his catamaran tickets and the fuel costs when he used his official government-assigned vehicle for his family vacation in Sicily.

Known for his staunch loyalty to Prime Minister Robert Abela, Bonett had already made headlines before he entered Parliament last March.

In 2017, when placed by former disgraced prime minister Joseph Muscat as acting SportsMalta CEO, Bonett issued some €14 million in direct orders for the development of the Ta’ Kandja shooting range. The NAO had singled out his actions for criticism but failed to mention him by name.

One of the biggest beneficiaries of those direct orders was construction magnate Bonnici Brothers, which, incidentally, happens to have been a client of Abela’s private law firm. The Prime Minister was also in business with the company’s managing director.

                           
                           
                               
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Paul Pullicino
Paul Pullicino
28 days ago

We are still a monarchy made up of arrogant pricks.

Paul Henry Berman
Paul Henry Berman
28 days ago

This is the problem of a stupid airline and a minister who is well above his true status, no wonder Air Malta is doomed

KLAUS
KLAUS
28 days ago

My questions are:

Did he actually pay for the flight out of his own money?
Did he pay for 1st class out of his own money?

Did the passengers receive compensation?
How much was it?

Has the ‘gentleman’ apologized for his actions?
By what right did Air Malta intervene here?
What has been done so that legal clarity is created here?

If no stop is put here, then this arrogant fop will possibly book a whole plane next time (Look at Joseph Muscat!) of course, at the expense of the taxpayers and not the Partit Laburista.

It is simply shameful for the whole of Malta.

Ray Gatt
Ray Gatt
28 days ago
Reply to  KLAUS

What gentleman?

John Bonnici
John Bonnici
28 days ago

The arrogance of this person is unbelievable!!!
Who does he think he is, a simple PS what a big head !!

KLAUS
KLAUS
28 days ago

In Europe, there are about 100 mayors whose cities have more inhabitants than the whole of Malta.

Has anyone heard anything comparable from them?
I suspect not. Because they have some decency.

Greed
Greed
28 days ago
Reply to  KLAUS

And are held to account unlike this animal farm

Joseph Tabone Adami
Joseph Tabone Adami
28 days ago

“Zulu minn hemm halli npoggi jien”

Hekk jaghmel min m’ghandu l-ebda rispett lejn l-ohrajn. hux veru!

carlos
carlos
28 days ago

min qatt ma libes qalziet, meta libsu h-r- fih. I would have never changed my seat for a troll. shame on you bonnet. Mur gibu flok Dr. metsola jew David Casa – nahseb li kien jikri arjuplan. Il-qziez ma jaghmolx nies. Arroganzq tal -muvument korrott.

Mark
Mark
28 days ago

Kulħadd jirkeb fuq l-injoranza u l-inazzjoni tal-poplu. Dan il-poplu jġib din l-arroganza b’idejh stess, għax fl-elezzjoni minflok ma jarmi l-imbarazz, jivvotalu bil-kbir biex ikun jista’ jgawdi l-laqx ta’ mal-art. Enjoy your ego trip whilst u can.

Adrian Galea
Adrian Galea
28 days ago

Daqs kemm kibritku rasu kif irnexxielu idahhalha fl-ajruplan?

Francis Said
Francis Said
28 days ago

There are rules for the gods and rules for us peasants!!!
Arrogance galore. This is the Malta that we have to live in a try to have a decent quality of life.
The best in the EU.

saviour mamo
saviour mamo
28 days ago

This is arrogance of the highest level.

Philip Micallef
Philip Micallef
28 days ago

Disgusting arrogant behavior. Shame on airline to accommodate and give in to such requests.

Austin Sammut
Austin Sammut
28 days ago

I would have just refused to move unless I was convinced it was for security or emergency reasons. I find many people spineless.

Carmelo Borg
Carmelo Borg
28 days ago

Dan l arroganti fakkarni x kien qalli darba in nannu alja jahfirlu xi 50 sena ilu. Kien qalli li meta kien inqabat suldat bil lieva u kien qieghed jistrieh fuq sodda tal hadid baxxa kien gie sulfad ingliz tah daqqa ta sieq biex qajmu min hemm halli ipoggi hu. Min dak in nhar meta beda jara ingliz QATT ma hamillhom izjed. Dan il bahbuh li haseb li lahaq xi ALLA ghalkemm ma tax bis sieq hekk beda jara NIES DUBBIEN CAPCAP GAHAN MEQ MEQ

Mark Randon
Mark Randon
28 days ago

Airmalta hello some answers? Your Airmalta , GWU employees answers? Airmalta chairman hu pacenzja saqsi naqra ix xih li taf ? Disgusting who the hell do you think you are !!!

Gahan
Gahan
28 days ago

Kont inzabbab mhux incedilu posti bi dritt!

Joseph Borg
Joseph Borg
28 days ago

eeh missieru qalilna li Socalista ferventi u jemmen u jipprattika is-socjalizmu.Wiehed mir-Renjanti godda.

Greed
Greed
28 days ago

His self importance and his sense of entitlement and Impunity are gross just like him. He is a fantastic example of how gross our MPs are and yet he is ONLY a junior minister so just think what his mentors and seniors are like?

Joseph Micallef
Joseph Micallef
28 days ago

I would have never given up my seat unless for a humanitarian reason and more so if I am not told beforehand the reason why I am being told to do so.

Bamboccu
Bamboccu
28 days ago

I tell you what happened.
The PS was booked as a VIP…but the new Clyde Caruana ground handling company forgot to fit him in the flight planner.
This effected the whole seat mapping and had change seats last minute.
Prosit Clyde 💩 kakkata ohra minn tieghek.

Toni Borg
Toni Borg
28 days ago

Arroganza liema bhala!

PASTAZ GRASS!!

Ray Gatt
Ray Gatt
28 days ago

Arrogance at it’s worst! Join Labour and your head and your wallet get bigger. Three cheers to the Maltese voter, hip hip gahan, hip hip gahan, hip hip gahan!

Last edited 28 days ago by Ray Gatt
Joseph
Joseph
28 days ago

This a***hole and his family make my blood boil, and the people that gave up their seats are a bunch of chickens! Why didn’t they together refuse to move!

Last edited 28 days ago by Joseph
Paul
Paul
26 days ago
Reply to  Joseph

Ghax Laboristi bla kukki

Out of Curiosity
Out of Curiosity
28 days ago

Dan il bicca segretarju parlamentari veru qiegħed tajjeb miskin. Jonqsu tikbirlu rasu ftit ieħor dan il-ġidra, ħalli hu diġa sproporzjonat, u b’dan il-qżież ikompli jisproporzjona ruħu.

Someone
Someone
28 days ago

If a bottom feeder in the corruption food chain feels he can act like this with complete impunity and lack of self-control, what can the top echelons get away with? Murder?… as the idiom goes.

carlos
carlos
27 days ago

Min jghola hafna tisbita kbira jiehu – harsu lejn l-akbar pm korrott fl-istorja ta Malta xi gralu; injoranza u hmieg jirrenjaw f’mafiamalta.

Peter Mifsud
Peter Mifsud
27 days ago

Question: if you bought and paid for a particular seat can you refuse to move unless it’s for safety/emergency reasons? Does some fine print in the T & C’s give AirMalta the right to move you? Also, does a PS get VIP status because he is a PS? What can an average citizen do apart from creating a ruckus and shaming on social media? Is there some body within the PL or Parliament who sanctions the member for this abysmal behaviour. Can AirMalta be fined for acceding to the PS’s request or was he and they, within their rights? Anybody here with some real answers NOT opinions please?

Last edited 27 days ago by Peter Mifsud
N Scerri
N Scerri
27 days ago

And responsible for EU funds?

Robert Agius
Robert Agius
27 days ago

Wish I was one of those asked to move. The term INZABBBAB springs to mind …..

wenzu
wenzu
26 days ago

Yet another reason not to fly with KM in the future. May their demise be quick.

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