A "selfish" tourist evacuated from Afghanistan has been blasted for stealing the seat of a mother and child.
British student Miles Routledge, 21, admitted to visiting the country after googling "the most dangerous cities to visit".
But Miles' stay was cut short by the Taliban seizing control of Afghanistan, and he secured an escape on an evacuation flight to the United Arab Emirates.
The physics student from Birmingham has incensed swathes of the public with his choice of summer holiday which "endangered" rescuers.
According to The Independent, one Facebook user posted: "Selfish actions, your seat on a plane home should have been given to an Afghan interpreter who now faces certain death."
Another said: "Why don’t we just stop giving him publicity, which is, after all, why he made this stupid decision in the first place. He took the place of someone who hadn’t voluntarily put themselves in this position.
"He has to live with that when he comes down off his publicity high and truly understands the impact of his decision. Let’s just leave him with that, not 'fame'."
In a recent social media post, Miles told how he had no regrets about travelling to Afghanistan where he saw people take selfies with members of the Taliban.
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He said: "Got Evacuated at 4ish (it’s 2am now) with 100 or so other civilians, couldn’t message as there were cars emitting signals that would set off bombs, it blocked my airpods from connecting so I think it blocked all wifi/data.
"The Taliban let us go through the airport and we met many of them, very long transition period but everyone was smiling and waving at one another, some took selfies with them.
"I slept on a dirt/gravel road and woke up as cars went by. I have no regrets, I would do this all again. If I could back to myself on day one, I would go – Just trust yourself and you would be fine… you’re gonna be in hell but you’ve got Christ on you and he’s looking after you."
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Mr Routledge who studies at Loughborough University posed for photos while in Afghanistan, including one with a gun which has angered some online who claim it is "insulting" to residents desperate to flee the nation.
Someone fumed on Facebook: "He took the seat of a person that needs US protection. A woman or a child that needed to get out of the country. He had no right to a seat on a U.S. plane."
Another commented: "I find the images of him grinning insulting to those who are desperate to leave Afghanistan.
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"While it is his right to go where he pleases, he is endangering those who are trying their best to evacuate people who had little or no choice in the matter. His flippant reaction grates a bit."
A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development spokesperson said: "We are working hard to contact all the British nationals we are aware of who remain in Afghanistan, to help them leave the country.
"The safety of British nationals is our top priority which is why we have been urging British nationals to leave Afghanistan by commercial means since 21 April.
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"On 6 August we updated our advice to urge British nationals to leave immediately and to update us on their plans for departure."
The UK Government has warned Brits over the past two decades, to only travel to Afghanistan if it is essential.
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