Thankfully, this appears to be ending reasonably well…at least for the passengers.
The hiacking of a domestic Egyptian flight that forced it to divert to Larnaca airport in Cyprus has ended with all hostages being released and the hijacker surrendering.
EgyptAir Flight MS181 was taken over by a passenger claiming to be wearing a suicide explosive belt.
After a morning of tension, the hijacker was seen walking down the steps of the aircraft with his hands raised.
Some reports said the Egyptian man – named by Cypriot officials as Seif Eldin Mustafa – wanted to talk to his estranged Cypriot wife who lives on the Mediterranean island, while others said he was seeking the release of female prisoners in Egypt.
Local media reports said the hijacker had handed over a four-page letter in Arabic after the plane landed at Larnaca on Tuesday morning, and that later a woman thought to be his wife had arrived at the airport.
Earlier, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades had responded to a reporter’s question about whether the hijacker was motivated by romance, by laughing and saying: “Always there is a woman involved.“
Ah yes. Well, that’s sure to get feminists up in arms. But at least no one has to dance around Islamic jihad this time.
Thank goodness this one ended without incident. But you have to admit, yhis man made one heckuva gesture to his ex. If there is a next time, he might want to consider flowers and maybe a card. Just sayin.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]