A British man who posed for a photo with his hostage-taker, EgyptAir plane hijacker Self Eldin Mustafa, is calling it “the best selfie ever” — but there’s a catch.
Benjamin Innes, a health and safety auditor from Aberdeen in the UK, was one of the seven passengers Mustafa held back on board flight MS181 when it landed yesterday (the other 55 passengers were able to flee immediately).
After half an hour or so of sitting around awkwardly, Innes decided he may as well pose for a happy snap with his captor — you know, just in case he didn’t make it out alive.
“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,” he told The Sun.
“I figured if his bomb was real I’d nothing to lose anyway, so took a chance to get a closer look at it.
“It has to be the best selfie ever.”
Ben immediately sent the photo to his mates, because, I mean, wouldn’t you?
Fortunately, Mustafa’s ‘explosive’ belt turned out to be made of mobile phone covers, not bombs, and authorities ultimately declared him “an idiot, not a terrorist”. But as far as Ben knew when he posed for the incredible pic, Mustafa might have been about to blow them sky high.
There’s just one problem with Ben’s claim that it’s “the best selfie ever” — it’s not a selfie.
By definition, a selfie is a photo taken by, well, yourself, and considering Ben’s arms are down by his side in the pic (as are Mustafa’s, for that matter), it’s pretty clear that the photo wasn’t taken by either of the men in it (apparently, it was an airline steward who snapped it).
No less an authority than Ben’s mother, Pauline, has taken him to task for using the term incorrectly.
“All we can say is that the picture is clearly not a selfie as everyone has been describing it,” she said.
“You can clearly see that it is not Ben who is taking the picture. He’s in it but he’s not taking it.”
Mums, hey? You can’t sneak anything past them.
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