Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and 11 others, including security guards accompanying him, were stuck in a VIP lift for about 10 minutes at the Chennai airport, causing anxious moments on Sunday night.
Mr. Palaniswami had gone to the airport at 7 p.m. to proceed to Madurai by a Jet Airways flight. When he took the lift to the ground floor from the reserved lounge located on the third floor, it got stuck between the third and second floors.
The Chief Minister’s Deputy Secretary, John Louis, personal assistant Giridharan, personal security officer Krishnan, Security SP-1, Deputy Commissioner (Mount), State Protocol Officer Christuraj, Security Branch Police officer Arun and three members of the CISF Quick Response Team were with him.
The lift operator rectified the snag and stopped the lift on the second floor.
The Chief Minister then took an escalator to reach the ground floor. He boarded the flight to Madurai at 7.45 p.m., sources said.