Morrissey Says He Was Sexually Assaulted by Security at San Francisco Airport

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Passing through security at any airport is bound to be unpleasant. The lines are long, the space smells of damp socks and the pat-down process can feel pretty invasive. But what Morrissey says happened to him at SFO on Monday is next level.

On his blog, True to You, Morrissey writes that, after passing through the stand-up screeners with no incident, he "was approached by an "airport security officer" who stopped me, crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles."

After being confronted, all the security officer in question had to say for himself was "That's just your opinion."

Morrissey writes about what that response symbolizes for him:

"Of course, what the airport security officer was saying was: your opinion will never count in the eyes of the law. The words "that's just your opinion" volunteered themselves from this 'officer's' mouth before he had even heard the question. He knew he could be confronted, but he also knew that he could never be challenged (even though the entire incident is most certainly on CCTV camera)."

Morrissey happened to be traveling with two members of British Airways Special Services, who urged him to file a complaint.  But Morrissey doesn't think it'll do any good:

"In the interests of imperishable bureaucracy my submitted complaint against this 'officer' will obviously be either unread or ignored because, as we all know, on matters of officialism it is not possible to be pleasantly surprised by anything at all. However, what is clear is that, should you find yourself traveling through San Francisco International Airport, you should expect sexual abuse from the so-called 'security officers' who, we are unconvincingly warned, are acting only for our security."

And we thought air travel couldn't get any worse.


Read Morrissey's full account.