It was an image that stunned the world. Not because he was in immediate danger, but rather its sheer absurdity and audacity. British health and safety worker Ben Innes, 26, was one of the last hostages held aboard hijacked EygptAir Flight 181 on Tuesday and initially he said he was “very scared.” But during the drama, Innes saw an opportunity to take “the selfie of a lifetime” as he called it, alongside a hijacker claiming to have an explosive vest.
When asked by Britain’s The Sun newspaper he 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. We were sitting around waiting. I thought, ‘Why not? If he blows us all up it won’t matter anyway.” Innes said a cabin member translated his desire for a photo to the hijacker — since identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa. “He just shrugged, so I stood beside him and smiled while a stewardess did the snap,” Innes told the newspaper. “It has to be the best selfie ever.”