HOSTAGES aboard the hijacked EgyptAir plane assumed ‘selfie man’ was planning a heroic act, it has emerged.
26-year-old Ben Innes left his seat to approach hijacker Seif Eldin Mustafa, to the admiration of fellow passengers who did not realise it was to take a picture for Twitter.
Passenger Tom Logan said: “He whispered ‘I’m going in’, and I was like ‘don’t be a hero’.
“Then he stood beside the guy, pulled out his phone and did a cheesy grin.
“I thought it was some bold plan to win the hijacker’s trust but then he said ‘cheers mate’ and when back to his seat.
“In retrospect I feel a little bit angry about it, but only because I didn’t think of it first. If I’m ever in a hostage-type situation again I’ll definitely be thinking about photo opportunities.
“He’ll probably get a book deal now, or get to go on that island thing with Bear Grylls.”
Fellow passenger Emma Bradford said: “Thanks to one man’s quick thinking a terrifying situation ended with an amusing selfie that has gone totally viral. It’s a modern fairy tale.”