Outrageous 'Selfie of a Lifetime': Man Gets a Photo With Egyptian Airline Hijacker
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) March 29, 2016
A British man aboard a hijacked Egyptian airliner figured he had nothing to lose...
In the midst of yesterday's hostage crisis involving a crazed man who claimed to have a bomb strapped to his body, 26-year-old Ben Innes got a selfie with him!
The health and safety auditor from Leeds, who was on a business trip, told The Sun:
"I figured if his bomb was real I’d nothing lose anyway, so took a chance to get a closer look at it.
“I got one of the cabin crew to translate for me and asked him if I could do a selfie with him.
“He just shrugged OK so I stood by him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap. It has to be the best selfie ever.”
He said he asked for the selfie after the man had let women and children off the plane, leaving him on board with two other British men and crew members.
The hijacker, Seif Eldin Mustafa, had forced the Airbus to land in Cyprus, with officials initially fearing he could be linked to the Islamic State.
Innes said he also wanted to get a closer look at the purported bomb belt, concluding that it was probably a fake.
His mom texted him, said keep quiet. “I didn’t know how to tell her I had already done a selfie with the hijacker." pic.twitter.com/NfOWZNLEX3
— katie rosman (@katierosman) March 30, 2016
Innes, however, was harshly criticized by security officials, with one saying, “it could have gone very badly wrong" and shows the mentality of the "Facebook generation."
The bomb belt was later confirmed to be a fake by authorities. His motive for the hijacking remains unclear.