London: A British man has shot to fame after clicking "the selfie of a life time" with the hijacker of the EgyptAir jet during the hostage drama in Cyprus, an act he said was aimed at staying "cheerful".
An Aberdeen man posed for a photo with a hijacker (L) who used a fake suicide belt to take control of the plane. Pic/Twitter
Benjamin Innes was one of the last captives to be released by Seif al-Din Mustafa during yesterday’s six-hour hijacking episode.
Innes (26) was rapped by security experts last night for risking passengers’ lives with his astonishing hijack photo.
Innes took his chance to take "the selfie of a lifetime" during the deadlock, which saw the jet surrounded by heavily armed troops. The health and safety auditor from Leeds 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 lose anyway, so took a chance to get a closer look at it."
The man accused of hijacking EgyptAir plane was remanded into police custody for eight days during his first court appearance yesterday. Police told the court that Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa faces charges of hijacking, kidnapping, and offences that breach anti-terror law.