Humanity has finally reached peak idiot. A British passenger decided to do the most logical thing while he was being held hostage in the EgyptAir hijacking: take a selfie with the man wearing an explosives belt.
26-year-old Ben Innes from Leeds was one of three passengers and four crew held until the end of the hostage crisis. Seif Eldin Mustafa took over flight MS181, bound for Cairo from Alexandria, and re-routed it to Cyprus.
Once at Larnaca Airport, Innes seized the moment to heroically save everyone on the plane snap a photo with his captor.
“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,” he said.
“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 okay, so I stood by him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap. It has to be the best selfie ever.”
Innes later sent the picture to his mates, with the message: “You know your boy doesn’t f*ck about!! Turn on the news lad.”
The message naturally drew flak on social media.
As for Mustafa, it turned out his bomb was fake and that he just wanted to see his ex-wife. He eventually surrendered to authorities and released all 81 people on board the flight.
“He’s not a terrorist, he’s an idiot,” said an Egyptian foreign ministry official. “Terrorists are crazy but they aren’t stupid. This guy is.”
In a thousand years, aliens will find this photo and begin to understand why the human race ceased to exist. pic.twitter.com/rNwUs3Deg0
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) March 29, 2016
This man attempted to hijack a plane in Egypt and was asked for a selfie. These are some new times we’re in. pic.twitter.com/gA7rjG0Z4b
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) March 29, 2016
— Adrenalin Boost (@Adrenolizer) March 30, 2016