The bomb made by the hijacker, Mustafa was later confirmed to be fake. The hijacking was also confirmednot a terror attack, but for love and political asylum. But at this moment, Ben Innes did not know anything about the bomber. All he knew is that he has nothing to lose.
"I figured if his bombs were real I have nothing to lose anyway," said Ben. "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."
A Cyprus official stated that the hijacker has a mental illness. He did not have any affiliation with any terror organization and all he did this for was for love. He also said that he was not dangerous, suffice his actions. The bombs were fake and all casings of empty cell phones. The photo has since gone viral as many claiming that they do not know how to classify it yet. Some Twitter users think it is a way of idolizing terrorism, while others believe it is a way to stay brave in dire situations.