The Movies Were Wrong: Don’t Hijack a Plane for Love

No. This really happened. Rom-coms are slightly less funny when they happen in 2016 and involve bomb threats.

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The Movies Were Wrong, Don't Hijack A Plane For Love

We’ve all seen the films where the loveable leading man stows away on the same flight as his beloved and then makes grand gestures over the loudspeaker.

It’s quirky. It’s trope-y.

It’s fiction and it’s dangerous.

The Facts

On March 29, 2016, 58 year old Egyptian man, Seif Eldin Mustafa hijacked EgyptAir Flight MS181. He strapped old cellphone cases around his waist and then claimed that it was an explosive belt.

Mustafa redirected the flight from it’s intended destination to Cairo, to Cyprus’ Larnaca Airport.

After taking over the plane, Mustafa demanded that Foreign Minister, Ioannis Kasoulides, allow him to speak with his ex-wife, a Cypriot national. Mustafa demanded that she be brought to the airport to meet with him.

He then proceed to make a series of, in Kasoulides’ words, “incoherent” demands.

After landing, Mustafa released all women and children of the 77 people aboard the flight. Twenty minutes later, he released all Egyptians.

With only a few non-Egyptians left on the flight, Mustafa eventually let everyone go and then turned himself in.

The Questions

Ridiculous as this sounds, in 2016, when everyone’s waiting for the next horrific headline, it’s almost difficult to find funny. Mustafa has a criminal record, including escaping from prison in 2011. Frankly, EgyptAir was lucky that the explosives were fake. The incident raises a lot of questions about aviation security.

The Quote

And perhaps the most disturbing part of the whole scandal is a response from Cypriot President, Nicos Anastasiades, to a reporter’s question about the link between Mustafa’s hijacking and romance:

“Always there is a woman involved.”

Followed by laughter.

So. Anyone else laughing at the lengths we’ll go for love?

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Sam Ferrante is a poet, editor, facilitator, and writer born on Long Island, college-fed in Western New York and Paris, and then poetically raised in Buffalo, NY; Ireland; and Australia. A former member of the Pure Ink Poetry team in Buffalo and a regular competitor in Dublin's Slam Sunday, Sam was a Co-Creative Producer at Melbourne-based Slamalamadingdong in addition to serving on the Melbourne Spoken Word Committee. Sam has been published in Ghost City Press, Blowing Raspberries, and The Dirty Thirty Anthology and has been featured at The Owl & Cat Session, La Mama Poetica, Girls on Key, and White Night 2016 among others. Her debut book of poetry, Pick Me Up, got rave reviews from her Mom. She is currently the Editor of CrowdInk.