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Chaos And Farce Aboard EgyptAir Hijacking


In the end, Seif Eldin Mustafa left the aircraft with his hands above his head, was taken to the ground by security officials and arrested. The woman he demanded to see, Marina Parashkou, had arrived at the Cypriot airport of Larnaca, to where EgyptAir flight MS181 had been diverted when Mustafa hijacked it, claiming to be wearing an explosive belt.

Initial reports yesterday morning, as news emerged that the Alexandria to Cairo flight was headed to Cyprus, speculated that the action was the work of ISIL.

By the end of the incident, the internet was ablaze with jokes about the fake suicide vest, the British man who posed smiling for a photograph with Mustafa and the decidedly retro feel of a hijacking. This was not a case of international terrorism. It was merely a misguided attempt by an ‘unstable’ man to win back his ex-wife.

Nobody was hurt, and the world breathed a collective sigh of relief.

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