The 'Love Jihad'?: The strange Egypt Air hijacking, as it unfolded on Twitter

It was the kind of dramatic, morally ambiguous, 24-hour saga that Twitter is perfect for

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." (Photo/ File)

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." (Photo/ File)

AN Egypt Air flight from Alexandria to Cairo was taken over Tuesday by a man, later identified as Seif Eldin Mustafa, who said he was wearing a belt of explosives, and demanded the plane be diverted to Cyprus. 

It ended without any injuries and the man was arrested, but the motive was unclear, featuring an ex-wife, a love letter, and possibly Egyptian prisoners. Inevitably, a selfie would be involved as well - in this social media age, which important event could possibly go by without a mandatory selfie, recorded for posterity?

It was the kind of dramatic, morally ambiguous, 24-hour saga that Twitter is perfect for. Here’s how it unfolded, and the witty, hilarious, insightful, and sobering reactions that the ‘strange’ hijacking elicited:

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