NBC: Man takes selfie with hijacker

Posted at 8:55 AM, Mar 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 09:55:25-04

One man’s selfie is gaining quite a bit of attention recently, mostly in part for the untimely circumstance in which it was taken.

NBC News is reporting that Ben Innes, 26, who is a British health and safety worker was one of the last hostages held aboard the hijacked EygptAir Flight 181 Tuesday but that didn’t stop him from taking out his phone and posing for a selfie. 

"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 Britain's The Sun newspaper as reported on NBC News. "We were sitting around waiting. I thought, 'Why not? If he blows us all up it won't matter anyway."

Despite being “very scared” as reported by NBC, Innes decided take out his cellphone and ask the hijacker claiming to have an explosive vest if he could take a picture.

NBC reports that Innes called it the “selfie of a lifetime.”

Innes reportedly asked a cabin member to translate his picture request to the hijacker.

"He just shrugged OK — so I stood beside him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap," Innes told the newspaper as reported by NBC. "It has to be the best selfie ever."

While some say Innes’ request was a dangerous decision, NBC reports that he claims the picture gave him an opportunity to get a “closer look” at the hijacker's so-called explosives — which he "reckoned" were "more likely to be fake" after seeing them up close.

NBC says eventually it was discovered that the vest was a fake and the picture quickly spread around the Internet.