Man who took 'selfie' with hijacker explains why he did it

Ben Innes (right) poses with Seif Eldin Mustafa
Ben Innes (right) poses with Seif Eldin Mustafa

A MAN who took a photo with hijacker in yesterday's Egyptian Air drama has said he did it to get a 'closer look' at the explosive belt.

26-year-old British man Ben Innes was one of the three passengers and four crew held until the end of the siege.

Seif Eldin Mustafa hijacked the plane, en route from Alexandria to Cairo, and forced it to redirect to Larnaca airport in Cyprus.

He claimed to be wearing an explosive belt - however this was late found to be fake.

Speaking to The Sun, 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.

“After about half an hour at Larnaca I asked for a photo with him as we were sitting around waiting. I thought, why not? If he blows us all up it won’t matter anyway.”

“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.”