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Man Stabbed at San Francisco Airport

Man Stabbed at San Francisco Airport


According to officials, an airport worker was stabbed early Tuesday morning at San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 3 in the baggage claim area. 


San Francisco's International Terminal lit up with festive lights for Christmas. (Photo: Arkin Si | Aeroxplorer)


The San Francisco Police Department responded to a call and arrived on the scene just before 5 a.m. with the man bleeding from his wounds. The victim, Chris Morgan, an agent for the security service Clear, which helps expedite security screening times for its members, is in stable condition. A suspect has been arrested and charged with attempted homicide. Witnesses say the suspect seemed unstable.


Despite Terminal 3 being United Airlines, the largest airline operator out of San Francisco (SFO), there were no disruptions to flights or other activities at the airport since the attack happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Part of the Terminal 3 baggage claim area was closed off for investigation.


United Airlines has a hub in San Francisco, which serves as the main Pacific gateway. Due to the slow reopening of the Pacific region, this hub is one of the slowest to recover amid the pandemic. (Photo: Daniel Mena | Aeroxplorer)


"Anyone can literally walk in off the street and be in this area. Know that we have officers here 24/7 that can be here for everyone's safety," said Officer Robert Rueca of the SFPD. "For all these incidents, not only are they all investigated, but we look at any kinds of trends that may be occurring," 


A Series of Unfortunate Events


San Francisco International Airport received almost 25 million passengers in 2021. (Photo: Arkin SI | Aeroxplorer)


This is the second major security-related incident at SFO in the past month and the third this summer. On July 15, a bomb threat forced a ground stop of all aircraft at the airport and forced thousands at the International Terminal to be evacuated and the BART station. In June, a man attacked three people at the airport with a large knife or machete. TSA encourages people to remain vigilant, be aware of their surroundings while traveling, and report any suspicious behavior to authorities. 



Will Hagen
Airline Photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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