This British Man Took a 'Selfie of a Lifetime' With the EgyptAir Hijacker!

"I just threw caution to the wind while trying to stay cheerful in the face of adversity."




There is bizarre news and then there is BIZARRE news. Guess which one does this fall under?

When EgyptAir flight MS181 from Alexandra to Cairo was hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus airport, Ben Innes (one of the 55 passengers in the flight) decided to pose for a picture with the hijacker because (as he told The Sun) "I'm not sure why I did it — I just threw caution to the wind while trying to stay cheerful in the face of adversity."

the hijacker, reportedly, had released all the passengers except Innes and another passenger along with 4 members of the crew, and while waiting during the negotiations between the terrorist and the authorites Innes figured that while it was not certain whether the hijacker (who, reportedly, had a suicide bomb strapped to his chest) would blow them up or not, might as well get a 'selfie of a lifetime' from it!

"It would be the best selfie you could ever send to your mates — better than anything you'd ever get on a night out or on holiday," he said.

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He asked one of the crew members to translate his request to the hijacker and when he agreed to it (!!!) one of the flight attendants to click it.

Innes also wanted this opportunity to find out whether the bomb (strapped to the terrorist) was fake or real, and determined that it was more than likely to be fake and just a prop.

He immediately texted the picture to his mom, Pauline, back in Leeds, and was told by her to not attract more attention to himself.

After the hijacker had surrendered, and the passengers (including Innes) were back safely, Innes' mother expressed her views on her son's now hugely viral selfie, "All we can say is that the picture is clearly not a selfie as everyone has been describing it," she said. "You can clearly see that it is not Ben who is taking the picture. He's in it but he's not taking it.​"