Pilot Tim Njiru sends wise message to Miss Trudy
Media personality turned pilot Tim Njiru has broken his silence on YouTuber Miss Trudy’s scuffle with airport security officers.
The digital media influencer and vlogger went viral on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, after sharing a video of her ranting at Moi International Airport after being prevented from filming at the premises.
In the viral video, Trudy explains that officials at Mombasa Airport allegedly almost arrested her for creating content at the airport.
Via his Twitter account, pilot Njiru shared some words of wisdom with Trudy, reminding her that filming at the airport requires a special form of permission.
He also reminded Trudy that he has been creating content for over 23 years and has never gotten into trouble.
“Dear @misstrudy_ I hope this finds you well. I’m a Kenyan content creator with 23 years of work experience doing the same thing you’ve done for months.
Filming in airports, especially where you have been throwing tantrums, requires a special form of permission #NewSky”.
The Kenya Civil Aviation Security Regulations 2020 59 (1-c) states that a person who engages in the operation of a portable electronic device shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding Sh500,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.
The Act further states that a person who commits an offence or refuses to comply with a lawful order issued by the airport operator on behalf of the authority has the purpose of maintaining good order and discipline at the airport.
In the case of Miss Trudy, the police were within the law to arrest the vlogger and her team for filming without permission by writing to the airport manager.
Njiru is a trained former journalist.
He dropped out of media school and joined the Flight Training Centre to become a pilot.
On May 9, 2019, he finally achieved his dream when he flew solo, marking the occasion with the famous water tradition – where a bucket of water is poured on the pilot after successfully landing the plane for the first time.
Njiri has a private pilot’s licence and can fly several aircraft.
Despite his licence, the journalist hopes to take his career to the next level and study for a commercial licence.