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Video shows TSA agents shouting ‘freeze’ to passengers in departure lounge

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED:08:35 EST, 27  September 2012| UPDATED:09:19 EST, 27 September 2012

A new video reveals a strange TSA security  tactic: demanding that travelers ‘freeze’ in place, even though they have  already been through airport security.

A passenger says he recorded the end of a  ‘freeze drill’ at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport as bewildered  travelers stopped in their tracks and stood still for about two minutes.

Critics of the Transportation Security  Administration say the procedure is nothing more than ‘obedience training’ for  the flying public — a kind of grown up ‘Simon says.’

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'Obedience training': A TSA agent motions that travelers can start moving again after a two-minute 'freeze drill'

‘Obedience training’: A TSA agent motions that travelers  can start moving again after a two-minute ‘freeze drill’

The user who posted the video on YouTube  claims the clip shows the final 24 seconds of a two-minute ‘freeze drill’ that  occurred without reason on provocation.

The video was recorded on the security side  of the TSA checkpoint and the passengers told to stop had already been screened,  the user says.

‘Note that there was NO event or threat  taking place of any kind,’ the poster says.

When one traveler tries to walk past the TSA  screener, through the crowd of passengers who are standing still, the agent  holds up his hand.

‘Stay right where you are. Stay right there,’  he says.

A few seconds later the agent motions to  allow passengers to begin moving again.

Someone, it’s no clear who, can be heard  saying ‘green light,’ a reference to a children’s game that requires players to  stop or start moving whenever an adult says ‘red light’ or ‘green  light.’

Secure: The poster of the video says the 'freeze drill' happened at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on the secure side of a TSA checkpoint

Secure: The poster of the video says the ‘freeze drill’  happened at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on the secure side of a TSA  checkpoint

New York Times travel columnist Joe Sharkey  wrote about the practice in 2011, saying he had been subject to ‘freeze drills’  twice.

He likened the experience to another  children’s game, ‘Simon Says,’ as in ‘Simon says stop where you are.’

However, Sharkey revealed, passengers aren’t  actually required to stand in their tracks.

The TSA told Sharkey the security tactic is  actually just a training drill for TSA agents, and usually only happens ‘once or  twice a year’ at each airport.

The agency claims it’s meant to help  screeners practice locking down a security checkpoint so that no one can pass  through it.

James Babb, a founder of TSA watchdog  Wewontfly.com, has another theory.

‘All I can think of is obedience training. I  kind of know what to expect from the TSA., but really on this, my frustration is  with the public that says, “Oh, an authority figure said freeze, so I’d better  freeze,” and not ask reasonable questions,’ he told the Times.

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