This Man Took The Most Awkward Selfie With The EgyptAir Hijacker
Ben Innes, a 26-year-old oil and gas auditor from Aberdeen, Scotland, took perhaps the most awkward photo of his life on Tuesday when a plane he was on was hijacked.
It's hard to know whether to laugh at this or shake your head because the entire situation was so bizarre.
Innes was on an EgyptAir flight headed to Cairo from Alexandria when it was hijacked by an Egyptian man named Seif Eldin Mustafa. The hijacker wore a fake suicide belt, which can be seen in the picture above, and forced the plane to land at Larnaca International Airport in Cyprus.
Luckily, the situation was resolved peacefully after the plane landed. All of the passengers and crew members were safely evacuated, and Mustafa was arrested.
Officials from Cyprus claimed the incident was not terrorism related and said Mustafa hijacked the plane to get in contact with his ex-wife, who lives in Cyprus.
As officials at the foreign ministry in Egypt put it,
[Mustafa is] not a terrorist, he's an idiot.
There are conflicting reports about the hijacker's motives, but we can all be glad no one was hurt.
In spite of the calm resolution and the lack of a credible threat, the situation was reportedly still horrifying and chaotic for those involved.
But leave it to the British to have a sense of humor about it all. Innes, who is originally from Leeds but lives in Aberdeen, definitely put the famous British saying, "Keep Calm and Carry On," into practice -- and then some.
One Twitter user even described the photo Innes took as "the selfie to end all selfies."