“The best selfie ever” – that’s a photo showing a beaming Scotsman in a Ralph Lauren shirt posing with a hijacker wearing a fake suicide belt aboard an EgyptAir flight.
The Scot, Ben Innes, 26, a health and safety auditor from Aberdeen in northwest Scotland, did not know the suicide belt was a fake. Even so, he manages to look utterly unconcerned, seemingly without a care in the world.
“It has to be the best selfie ever,” Innes told the Guardian, adding that he had wanted to take “a closer look” at the apparent explosives belt after the hijacker seized control of the aircraft. The picture is not a selfie technically, as it was taken by a flight attendant rather than by Innes himself. But that’s a minor point.
Bold Ben Innes poses with hijacker. Twitter
“I figured if his bomb was real I’d nothing to lose anyway,” Innes told the paper.
Innes was one of three passengers and four crew held on a plane to the very end of a hijacking after the man in the belt, Seif Eldin Mustafa, took over the Cairo-bound EgyptAir domestic flight and ordered it to fly to Cyprus.
Mustafa finally left EgyptAir flight MS181 after surrendering to security forces at Cyprus’s Larnaca airport on Tuesday at the end of a six-hour standoff.
It seems the hijacker was not a terrorist but an “unstable” man, apparently distressed over a family matter.
The incident has triggered a security review.
Written by Peter Needham