Weird Story

Man Explains Selfie With EgyptAir Hijacker

In 2016, a crazy event took place. A dude hijacked a plane that was flying from HBE Airport in Alexandria to Cairo Airport, and he was apparently wearing a suicide vest. But the part that really blew people's minds was that one of the passengers decided to take a selfie with the hijacker, knowing that the guy was planning to explode the plane.

Ben Innes, a well-known British guy, took a picture of himself with someone who was said to be a plane hijacker. Let me tell you what happened.

It was in 2016 when Ben was on a flight from HBE Airport in Alexandria to Cairo Airport in Egypt. There were 55 other people on the plane with him.

Suddenly, a man who seemed to be wearing a belt that could explode took control of the plane. The flight attendants tried to negotiate with the man, whose name was Seif Eldin Mustafa. While all this was happening, Ben got out of his seat and asked Mustafa if they could take a photo together.

Mustafa, the guy who hijacked the plane, took it to Larnaca, Cyprus because he wanted to meet his ex-wife who lived there.

When the plane landed, most of the people were allowed to get off the plane, but only four passengers, including Ben, and the flight crew had to stay inside for five hours while they were talking with Mustafa to try and solve the situation. By the way, Ben was 26 years old when this happened.

Everything turned out fine, and Ben, along with everyone else, was able to leave the plane safely. But there was one thing that made everyone curious: Why did he take a selfie with the hijacker?

When Ben was asked about it in interviews, he honestly said that he wasn't sure why he did it. He described it as a moment when he wanted to stay positive and happy even though there was a difficult situation going on.

In an interview with The Sun newspaper, he proudly said, "It has to be the best selfie ever."

Since then, Ben has talked to ABC News and explained what was going through his mind when he decided to get up and talk to Mustafa.

During that interview, he strongly emphasized that he had actually considered the whole idea and believed that taking a picture with the hijacker might be helpful in some way.

"I don't speak Arabic. The majority of the interaction was taking place in Arabic," he said.

"In order for me to get a better understanding of the situation and to engage with this person, I thought of several ways in which I could further interact with him, of which taking a selfie was one," he continued.

"Believe me, it was a very thought-through process."

"I wanted to interact with the hijacker. I wanted him to understand that I was a human, I was doing human things, that I wasn't just a nameless, faceless victim. That I was a real, living person."

"I also wanted to get a better look at the device, at him. I needed to understand if he had any other weapons, if there were any other hijackers I hadn't seen who were with him."

When asked if he regretted calling it 'the best selfie ever,' Ben responded: "In terms of regret, I have no regrets whatsoever about my actions on that airplane."

He also mentioned that he did it for his mom, who was on the plane with him. Even though she had warned him not to do anything that might attract attention, he still went ahead and took the selfie.

"I explained to her that there was a whole host of reasons that I wanted that picture to be taken."

"Not least so she knew that if I died, I died unafraid. And I died how I lived. Unfazed, unchallenged, and enjoying whatever situation I'm in to the best of my ability."

It was reported that Mustafa surrendered to the authorities after the five-hour standoff.

Later, officials revealed that the suicide belt Mustafa was wearing was actually fake. The president of Cyprus stated that it was not a terrorist incident, even though the reasons behind Mustafa's actions remained unknown.