As the story keeps unfolding further, we now know that the hijacking of the EgyptAir was a completely bizarre and strange incident, perpetrated by a lovelorn man, wearing a fake bomb-belt, who wasn’t actually a “terrorist”, but has been termed an “idiot”. And during the dramatic 6-hour stand-off, one of the hostages was a fearless British guy, Benjamin Innes, who took a grinning photo with the hijacker, calling it “the best selfie ever“!

photo with egyptair hijacker
Picture Source photo with egyptair hijacker

Confused yet? He had his reasons, actually! 26-year-old Innes is an oil and gas health and safety auditor living in Aberdeen, and quite possibly the calmest man in the world! After the hijacker, identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa, had released all but 7 of the 62 hostages on board, Mr. Innes was 1 of the remaining hostages. After half an hour of sitting around doing nothing, Mr. Innes reportedly asked one of the stewardesses to take a picture of him with the hijacker who just “shrugged” and said okay.

I figured if his bomb was real I’d nothing to lose anyway, so I took a chance to get a closer look at it. It has to be the best selfie ever!

— Said Innes.

When the photo was being clicked, the daring hostage managed to get a closer look, and suspecting that the device was most likely to be fake, he decided to sit back in his seat. Not only managing to keep completely calm in the situation, he also managed to send the image to his friends, bragging about the daring act!

photo with egyptair hijacker

Picture Source photo with egyptair hijacker

A flatmate of Innes, Chris Tundogan, even said that Innes was most likely to have initiated the photo as well!

I have no idea why he took the selfie but I imagine he probably volunteered to take it as he’s not afraid to shy away from anything. I find it pretty mental but that’s just Ben I guess!

Innes said, reportedly, that he wasn’t even sure why he did it, but he’d decided to throw caution to the wind and try to stay cheerful in the face of adversity. However, he did admit that he couldn’t bring himself to tell his panicked mother what he’d done. Oblivious to what her son had just done, Innes’ worried mother Pauline had told him not to do anything to draw attention to himself.

My mum was obviously frantic with worry and kept telling me not to do anything to draw attention to myself. I didn’t know how to tell her I’d already done a selfie with the hijaker.

The way Innes handled himself in the face of circumstances as terrifying and dire as the one he was in, is certainly something to be applauded! I guess this is what they call having nerves of steel!

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