Egypt Air Hijack – ‘Don’t Call Me Shirley’

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By: Chris Knowles

That hijacking the other day is starting to look like a remake of the film Airplane.

Imagine the scene, first you have the smiling Brit from Leeds playing it cool and arranging a ‘selfie’. Then you have the person who who took the video footage of him having that selfie getting the best angle from a few rows back. Finally a selfie from one of thestewardesses comes to light – after all the crew can’t be outdone by the passengers!

Then use your imagination. Everyone on the plane suddenly whips out their iPhones, pods, pads – they all want a selfie to commemorate the occasion! You can just picture the scene in the cabin. Row upon row of panic stricken passengers, arms outstretched trembling fingers gripping mobile devices as the hijacker looks on. Every detail of the drama is captured, the black box suddenly becomes redundant and leaves the plane in a disgust. Every detail of the unfolding drama is captured from multiple angles, each shot has its own hero/cameraman. Everyone is suddenly a movie star, what a day for the ego!

I dread to imagine the situation in the cockpit! Perhaps the pilot kept muttering “Don’t call me Shirley!” into his iPhone as the drama unfolded?

No wonder the hijacker guy gave up he must have had stage fright!

Anyway, good to see a return of the British stiff upper lip in the face of adversity. Glad it all turned out okay in the end.

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