When EgyptAir Flight 181 was hijacked yesterday en route to Cairo, 26-year-old Ben Innes boldly saw the opportunity of a lifetime. While his fellow passengers were understandably concerned and afraid for their well-being, Innes casually hopped up out of his seat and did the only reasonable thing: he handed his camera to a stewardess and smiled ear-to-ear for a photo.
— New York Post (@nypost) March 30, 2016
Innes 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.”
Here’s Innes’ account of the ordeal:
[Hijacker Seif Eldin Mustafa] eventually let virtually all the passengers leave, but I was left behind with two other Brits. After about half an hour at Larnaca I asked for a photo with him as we were sitting around waiting. I thought, ‘Why not? If he blows us all up it won’t matter anyway’.
I also thought it would be a way to see whether his device was real. I could see something taped around his waist and he was holding on to some kind of a trigger. It was hard to be sure, but I reckoned it was more likely to be fake after I got a close look at it.
Many have said that the actions of the young man were “irresponsible“, and may we kindly remind you not to Snapchat the next harrowing experience you find yourself in the middle of.
[h/t The Sun]
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