Briton Ben Innes became the very definition of cool on Tuesday. In case you missed this, the 26-year-old from Aberdeen was on board the hijacked EgyptAir flight bound for Cairo from Alexandria. Seif Eldin Mustafa forced the plane to land at Larnaca airport in Cyprus, where Innes was one of three passengers and four crew held to the end of a hostage siege. Now most of us – myself included – would probably be scared sh**less but this dude walked up to the hijacker – who was still wearing the explosives belt, which later turned out to be fake – and asked him for a selfie. “I’m not sure why I did it,” Innes said. “I just threw caution to the wind while 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. I got one of the cabin crew to translate for me and asked him if I could do a selfie with him. He just shrugged OK, so I stood by him and smiled for the camera while a stewardess did the snap. It has to be the best selfie ever.” (Technically not a selfie, but that’s neither here nor there). Innes’ stunt was decried of course by security experts, who should actually be glad that something like this diverted a bit of attention from the fact that a man could board an airplane with what looked like a suicide vest. Another official said of Mustafa that “he’s not a terrorist, he’s an idiot. Terrorists are crazy but they aren’t stupid. This guy is.” The official probably said this to calm everyone down, but for me this doesn’t really do just that. What does it say about airport security that even a stupid idiot managed to do something like this? Unfortunately we live in times where we have to think about what we would do if a similar situation arises. At least Ben Innes had a good laugh and he even lived to tell about it.

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