He added that a drone strike had the potential of causing death, damaging expensive aircraft as well as delaying flights and inconveniencing passengers at the airport.
In October, a drone struck a commercial plane while it was nearing the Jean Lesage International Airport in Québec City, Canada.
The Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems Regulations, 2017 will allow Kenyans to acquire drones for sports, private activities and commercial purposes.
Acquisition of drones with military specifications, operating one without a permit, or exporting a Kenyan registered drone without approval will see firms and individuals fined and risk jail.
Manufacturing or assembling a drone without a permit or testing one without clearance by security agencies attracts the same penalty, the rules – which recently received the green light from the Attorney General — state.
The IATA, however, says drones will be a game changer in the airline industry going forward, with opportunities for use in bird and wildlife control, aircraft inspection, cargo inventory sorting as well as airport surveillance.