CHENNAI: Security personnel on duty at the Chennai airport on Monday are believed to have placed a complaint with the Airport Manager, after former Union Minister M K Alagiri entered the terminal through the Arrival gate. Confirming the same, a CISF official said that they had informed AAI and BCAS about the breach in protocol after the former DMK leader had left by flight to Madurai.
Alagiri had been booked to fly to the Temple town by AI 671, that was to depart at 12.40 pm. Anticipating his departure, mediapersons were waiting for him on the departure level - which is on the upper floor. Probably unwilling to be accosted by the contingent waiting there, Alagiri instead chose to enter the Airport terminal through the Arrival hall on the ground level, at 1 pm, as the plane was running late by an hour.
Normally, VIPs and ministers who are using the Airport have the option of using a separate entry gate - but never interchange the arrival and departure entrances. Sources at the airport said that Alagiri was accompanied by officials from Air India, who had been informed beforehand, but security officials of the CISF did not appear to have similar knowledge. AAI officials when contacted, said that they would look into the matter if it was brought to them.