— Paul Smith (@Journo_Paul) 29 March 2016
Ben Innes posted an image of himself on social media posing with Seif Eldin Mustafa who pretended to hijack a plane in a “suicide belt” later found to be fake.
Innes captioned the image with the message “You know your boy doesn’t f*** about. Turn on the news lad!!!”
He told the Sun: “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.”