British passenger on hijacked Egypt Air plane takes selfie with hijacker

Published March 30th, 2016 - 11:46 GMT
British passenger Ben Innes posting alongside the alleged Egypt Air hijacker. (photo: Twitter/Guardian)
British passenger Ben Innes posting alongside the alleged Egypt Air hijacker. (photo: Twitter/Guardian)

The standoff between Cypriot authorities and the Egyptian man who allegedly hijacked an Egypt Air flight yesterday ended with the safe release of all hostages and the arrest of the criminal.

For one passenger, it ended with a very memorable photograph.

British passenger Ben Innes, 26, asked for a selfie with the alleged hijacker, Seif Eldin Mustafa. "I thought, ‘Why not? If he blows us all up it won’t matter anyway,’” Innes told British newspaper The Sun. 

Innes said he asked a member of the crew to translate for him.

The hijacker “just shrugged OK,” Innes said, “So I stood by him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap.”

Innes claims he had more noble motives for the stunt--that he was hoping to determine whether the explosive device Mustafa claimed to be wearing was authentic or not.

“It was hard to be sure, but I reckoned it was more likely to be fake after I got a close look at it.”, he added.

Though the standoff ended without incident, security experts have called Innes’ behavior irresponsible, warning that such actions can put hostages in grave danger in similar situations.

Nonetheless, Innes is the only hostage who left the plane with what he calls “the best selfie ever.”

Written by JC


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