How do you pass the time when you're a hostage on a hijacked flight to Cairo? Ask for a photo with your hijacker, naturally.
According to several British media reports, a British man onboard EgyptAir flight 181 decided to take his chances and ask for a picture with Seif al-Din Mustafa, the man who had hijacked the aircraft on Tuesday morning wearing what he said was an explosives belt.
"He just shrugged OK so I stood by him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap," 26-year-old Ben Innes told British tabloid The Sun.
The photo was taken by a flight attendant after Innes asked one of the cabin crew to translate his request to the Egyptian national.
"It has to be the best selfie ever," Innes added.
According to the report, Innes was one of the three foreign passengers and four crew members held hostage on the aircraft after it landed at Larnaca airport in Cyprus. Innes asked for the photo about 30 minutes after landing, he said.
The photo, which was also carried by the BBC and The Guardian, reportedly shows Innes - a young, broad-shouldered man in a blue button-down shirt - grinning widely and raising his eyebrows as he stands next to a much shorter, older man with large round glasses.
According to the Sun report, Innes also wanted to get a closer look at the alleged explosives secured around Mustafa's waist, which later turned out to be several mobile phone covers connected with cables.
"I figured that if his bomb was real I had nothing lose anyway, so I took my chance to get a closer look at it," Innes 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," he added.
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 18:08