Despite claims to the contrary, an investigation into Miss Trudy’s controversial filming at Mombasa International Airport confirmed she was in breach of multiple regulations.
Airports are known to be highly secure locations with strict rules and regulations in place. One such rule prohibits photography and recording within airport premises, which Miss Trudy flouted.
Furthermore, Miss Trudy continued to record her confrontation on airport grounds, disregarding instructions from airport and law enforcement officials. This defiance violated the Kenya Civil Aviation Security Regulations 2020 59 (1-c) and Section 56 (b) on Offences and Penalties, which outline the consequences for noncompliance with lawful orders in maintaining safety and order at airports.
According to Section 61 of the Aviation Security Regulations, those who commit offences in restricted areas may face fines up to one million shillings, imprisonment up to one year, or both. A notable example occurred in 2016 when four Britons faced fines for similar infractions at Wilson Airport.
In order to legally film at the airport, Miss Trudy was obligated to notify the airport manager in writing, provide details of her crew’s intentions, and pay the appropriate facilitation fees. However, her now-infamous video revealed that she lacked the required permission.
Despite some followers’ sympathy, Miss Trudy’s actions were criticized for reflecting a sense of entitlement among content creators who believe they are exempt from the law. While some Kenyan counties have relaxed filming restrictions in certain areas, others have maintained their regulations.
Countries such as the United Kingdom acknowledge the illegality of unauthorized photography in airports and issue advisories for their citizens traveling abroad. The British government warns against photographing official buildings, embassies, and airports to prevent possible arrests.