People don’t feel safe in confined spaces and elevators are no different; especially considering elevator breakdowns occur 1 in every 5,000 rides. I’m sure we all think about elevator safety at some point when we step into an elevator cab. Elevator Security is another concern for many. The rich and famous are no different.
President Donald Trump
Photo Credit: The Denver Post
Date: July 30th, 2016
Location: The Mining Exchange Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado
What happened: President Donald Trump was trapped inside the hotel elevator with 10 people, including Secret Service agents, as he was leaving to address a presidential campaign rally in Colorado Springs. They were soon rescued by firefighters who opened the top elevator hatch and lowered a ladder so everyone could climb out.
Elapsed time stuck in an elevator: 30 min
Photo Credit: The Denver Post
Date: Aug 27th, 2008
Location: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
What happened: Former first lady Hillary Clinton was caught in a minor elevator mishap after the Democratic National Convention ended at the Pepsi Center. According to ABC News, the door was then pushed open and everyone in the elevator was “lifted and squeezed out”. She left the scene looking shocked but her aide later advised that “She’s fine”.
Elapsed time stuck in an elevator: Less than 15 mins
President Ronald Regan
Photo Credit: The White House
Location: White House, Washington, D.C.
What happened: In 1982, former president Ronald Regan was trapped in an elevator at the White House with the Secretary of Health & Human Services, the Secretary of Education, an elevator operator and a Secret Service agent. It happened when he was en route to celebrate a new public-private partnership to provide health care screening to millions of Americans. The elevator breakdown was a result of scattered power outages around Washington owing to a fire at the utility plant. Fortunately they were rescued in few mins.
Elapsed time stuck in an elevator: 5 mins
Photo Credit: Twitter Selena Gomez
Date: Mar 8th, 2016
Location: Paris, France
What happened: Selena was in Paris for Fashion Week when she was stuck in an elevator between the floors. She posted a video clip of the incident on twitter where she was seen ecstatic when the door was forced open by the firefighters.
Elapsed time stuck in an elevator: Unknown
The cast of Modern Family
Photo Credit: Twitter Jesse Tyler
Date: March 1st, 2013
Location: Sheraton Hotel, Greater Kansas City, Kansas
What happened: Julie Bowen, Jesse Tyler, and Eric Stonestreet from the cast of modern family were stuck in a freight elevator at the hotel for 50 minutes. They were on their way to a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls club of Greater Kansas City. The crowd of 15 were rescued by firefighters following their tweet “Get us out”
Elapsed time stuck in an elevator: 50 mins
Pink (Alecia Beth Moore)
Photo Credit: Pink/Instagram
Date: July 2nd, 2017
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
What happened: American singer, song writer, dancer, and actress Pink was to perform at Summerfest concert in Milwaukee for the first time after 4 years of absence in 2017. A few hours before the performance, she and her 6-year old daughter got stuck in an elevator. While waiting for assistance she tweeted, “Stuck in an elevator (it’s getting hot in here) (love in an elevator) (livin in a box) #help”
Elapsed time stuck in an elevator: Unknown but she made it to the concert
About the Author
Nabeela Siddiqui is the Director of Customer Experience and Innovation at VideoComm Technologies. She is an entrepreneur and marketer working to create awareness in the elevator security space and understanding customer needs. She has an MSc from McMaster University. In her free time, she enjoys reading to her two young boys.