Recce Squad carrying out a security drill at JKIA in May

A man who has been masquerading as a pilot at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) has been arrested by police.

Geoffrey Mwangi, 36, was nabbed by detectives who were suspicious of his movements.

Early investigations have established that Mr Mwangi had been accessing the airport facilities including the lounges and the other security-sensitive areas such as the airside.

He was able to dupe the airport security with a pilot’s uniform, badge, and a fake staff ID from Qatar Airways.

Police kept him in custody for interrogation to establish the nature of his surveillance and a possible motive.

Detectives are yet to establish whether Mr Mwangi had been able to fly any planes or if his movements were aimed at causing a security breach.

Detectives are thoroughly reviewing  CCTV footage, cell phone data, his contacts at the heavily guarded airport, as well as how he was able to obtain uniforms and identification documents.

Police also recovered a car sticker and established that Mr Mwangi would park his car at the parking reserved for airline staff.

Kenya Airports Police Unit Deputy Commandant Rono Bunei has assured members of the public that security at the airport has been beefed up especially during this busy festive season.