While he was being held hostage for six hours on an EgyptAir flight, 26-year-old Ben Innes thought it would be a good idea to take a selfie with the hijacker, Seif Eldin Mustafa. Innes himself said “I’m not sure why I did it.”
Mustafa was still in control when the young man got up and asked a cabin crew member to translate his request to take a picture with the hijacker. Mustafa didn’t seem to mind, and he and Innes posed together while a stewardess took the picture. Though Innes didn’t take the picture himself, and it’s not technically a selfie, that should be the least concern right now.
The health and safety inspector from Leeds later mentioned that he was “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,” he said.
Innes bragged to his friends: “It has to be the best selfie ever!” According to the Daily Mail, the photo was sent out along with a text “You know your boy doesn’t f**k about. Turn on the news lad!!!”
Only after he took the photo did he text his mother, who was understandably worried and repeatedly told him not to draw attention to himself.
The New York Post wrote the photo “is a new low for millennials.” Not only is it a new low and display of stupidity, it also showed just how obsessed the generation is with their phones and pictures of themselves.