The Egyptian man who hijacked a plane with 56 passengers on board and forced the pilot to divert to Cyprus used a fake suicide belt made from iPhone cases. EgyptAir flight MS181 was on an internal flight from Alexandria to Cairo when Seif Eldin Mustafa revealed a belt made from several iPhone cases tied together and covered with cloth.
The plane’s pilot took the “suicide belt” threat seriously and diverted the plane to Cyprus as Mustafa requested. Upon landing, the hijacker took at least four crew members and three "foreign" passengers hostage for several hours before eventually giving himself up.
EgyptAir confirmed that all the hostages have been released. Cyprus government spokesman Nikos Christodoulides also confirmed the end of the hijacking, tweeting: "The hijacker has just been arrested." Earlier the Egyptian Foreign Ministry denied the hijacking was related to terrorism.
"He's not a terrorist, he's an idiot. Terrorists are crazy but they aren't stupid. This guy is," an unidentified official was quoted as saying. Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades also told reporters that the incident appeared to be motivated by personal reasons, not terrorism.