Ever since it was invented, people have been finding new and wackier ways to take selfies.
There have been hospital selfies, funeral selfies, driving selfies, drunken selfies–the list goes on. And while taking these kinds of wacky photos is usually a bad idea (driving + picture taking = crash), we think we’ve found someone who has outdone all the selfie attempts before him.
Introducing the hostage selfie–a new classic. You’ve probably heard by now about the hijacking of an EgyptAir plane. The story involves a hijacker who said that he had a belt full of explosives, and held several people hostage for about six hours after the aircraft was redirected to Cyprus.
You’d think this would be a terrifying situation to be in, and we’re sure it was for most of the passengers. But at some point in this chaotic ordeal, one of them somehow decided that it would be fun to snap a selfie with the hijacker. Check out the result:
— Paul Smith (@Journo_Paul) March 29, 2016
It looks like a pretty normal imagine until you notice the BELT OF EXPLOSIVES (which turned out to be fake, fortunately) wrapped around the man on the left. And look at the hostage, smiling away as if nothing is wrong. You have to wonder why the hijacker even went along with this.
The grinning man has since been identified as Ben Innes, a 26 year old from Britain. He told U.K.’s The Sun that he made the bold decision because he wanted the “selfie of a lifetime”.
“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 said. “I figured if his bomb was real I’d nothing lose anyway, so took a chance to get a closer look at it.”
Innes actually asked a member of the cabin’s crew to translate his request to the hijacker before the staffer took the shot. Awfully courteous, given the circumstances.
Luckily, all of the hostages were eventually freed and the hijacker is now in custody. As for Innes, he got exactly what he wanted: the souvenir of a lifetime.