A British hostage named Ben Innes is making global headlines after posing for a selfie with the man who hijacked his EgyptAir flight.
Photo of the week:— Michel Eléftériadès (@elefteriades) March 29, 2016
Passanger Ben Innes posing for a selfie with plane hijacker Seif Eldin Mustafa. pic.twitter.com/PmLH4M6692
Now, a second “hijacker selfie” is making the rounds featuring a member of the crew.
After taking the now famous photo of Innes, Naira Atef, the flight attendant in question, also posed for a picture with the 58-year-old hijacker, Seif al-Din Mohamed Mostafa.
Video of the encounter can be seen below:
While many have criticized Innes for his actions, claiming he could have made a dangerous situation worse, others have come to his defense, arguing the photo allowed authorities to get a good look at the suspect. Either way, it turns out no one was ever in any real danger, and Mostafa’s “suicide belt” was a fake. Egyptian officials even went as far as to describe the hijacker as an “idiot” rather than a terrorist.
Innes himself has stated that he’s not sure what drove him to pose for the picture.
“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 Telegraph. “I figured if his bomb was real I’d have nothing to lose anyway, so took a chance to get closer and look at it. So I stood by him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap.”
Added Innes, “It has to be the best selfie ever.”
Of course, the fact that the flight attendant took Innes’s photo means that it wasn’t a selfie at all. The same goes for the flight attendant’s pic, which was taken by someone else. But that said, it’s too late to try and make that point now that the cat is out of the viral bag. I’ve been telling people for years that most “memes” are actually just image macros, but no one listens, damn it! Facts don’t matter on the Internet!