The Man Behind the 'Hijack Selfie' Speaks Out

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 3:11 PM

The photo of EgyptAir passenger Ben Innes posing with alleged hijacker Seif Eddin Mustafa on board the EgyptAir flight went viral -- and drew criticism on social media.

The Man Behind the 'Hijack Selfie' Speaks Out

It was the photo seen around the world that sparked a whirlwind of controversy.

The photo of EgyptAir passenger Ben Innes posing with alleged hijacker Seif Eddin Mustafa on board the EgyptAir flight went viral -- and drew criticism on social media.

The Brit explained on "GMA" that he wanted to discover a way to interact with Mustafa to evaluate the hijacker'south intentions.

"I wanted him to realize I was human, that I wasn't just a nameless, faceless victim. That I was a genuine living person," said Innes. "I also wanted to obtain a better see at the device. I needed to realize if he'd any other weapons."

EgyptAir flight one hundred eighty-one was carrying seventy-two people from Alexandria, Egypt, to Cairo when Mustafa diverted the plane to Cypress. Passengers and crew members were held hostage for several hours at the Larnaca International airport.

Video emerged days later showing the moments interior the plane before passengers and crew were released.

Despite the backlash, Innes said he wouldn't modify how he handled the on-flight ordeal.

"I've number regrets whatsoever about my actions on that plane," he said.

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