The man who posed for selfie with EgyptAir hijacker
A GRINNING British man who posed for a photo with the EygptAir hijacker while being held hostage sent messages to his friends in which he bragged: "You know your boy doesn't f*** about. Turn on the news lad!!!"
According to the UK's The Daily Mail, Ben Innes, who is from Leeds but living in Aberdeen, daringly posed for a photo with Seif Eldin Mustafa, after the Egyptian hijacked the plane and forced it to be redirected as it headed to Cairo.
The flight eventually landed at Cyprus' Larnaca airport, with 62 passengers on board, and Mr Innes was one of four "foreigners" and crew held hostage by Mustafa, during a dramatic six-hour standoff.
There's hijacker crazy, and then there's please-take-a-photo-of-me-with-the-hijacker crazy. https://t.co/l4z0wx0pVk— Simon Chesterman 陈西文 (@ProfChesterman) March 29, 2016
However, instead of panicking about his plight, Mr Innes, a 26-year-old British health and safety auditor, appeared rather calm about the hostage situation and took a selfie before sending it to his friends in the UK.
In a string of messages, he told one friend: "You know your boy doesn't f*** about. Turn on the news lad!!!". It was accompanied by a selfie of him with Mustafa, who was wearing a "fake" suicide belt.
The friend, seemingly worried, replied: "Wtf? Is that a bomb attached to the guys chest? You ok? Let us know when you get off."
Mr Innes is believed to have approached hijacker Mustafa while being held hostage on the tarmac, and sent the photo to one of his flatmates as well as other friends, the Daily Maily reported.
"I have no idea why he took the selfie but I imagine he probably volunteered to take it as he's no afraid to shy away from anything," Mr Innes' flatmate Chris Tundogan told MailOnline.
"I find it pretty mental but that's just Ben I guess!"
Speaking to the UK's Sun about his motivation Mr Innes said: "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. I figured if his bomb was real I'd nothing to lose anyway, so took a chance to get a closer look at it," Mr Innes told the UK's Sun about his motivations..
"I got one of the cabin crew to translate for me and asked him if I could do a selfie with him. He just shrugged OK, so I stood by him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap. It has to be the best selfie ever."
Egyptian national Mustafa hijacked the domestic EgyptAir MS181, carrying 62 people, including eight Brits and 10 Americans, shortly after it left Alexandria for Cairo early this morning.
Wearing a suicide belt - later found to have been fake - Mustafa forced the plane to re-route to Cyprus, where he proceeded to take several passengers and crew hostage and demanded to see his Cypriot ex-wife.After a six-hour standoff, the crew along with Mr Innes and two other male foreign nationals were released moments before the hijacker gave himself up.
The ABC reported that Mr Innes' relative Sarah Innes tweeted the photo with the caption: "Only Ben could get a selfie! #proud."
Ms Innes' Twitter profile appears to have been since deleted.
Mr Innes' mother, Pauline Innes, did not want to comment on the photo but said she was relieved her son was safe.
According to Sky News, she said she was "absolutely delighted he is well".