The security process is for your safety. The Park Police are responsible for insuring the safety of all visitors. The process is much faster if you are prepared. Visitors are to place all items containing metal into purses, jackets, and backpacks to expedite the security process. Visitors are to place all items containing metal in bins to allow Park Police personnel to screen items effectively. Jackets, boots, wallets, watches, keys, and loose change are all examples of items that must be removed to go through the x-ray machine.
The following items are prohibited:
- All weapons, including:firearms, explosives, mace, knives and any "dual-use" items that could be dangerous. All of these items are strictly prohibited in the park and on the ferry system.
- Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), drones and other similar remote-controlled flying devices or vehicles.
- Large packages. Suitcases, carry-on luggage, coolers and other large parcels will not be permitted on the ferry systems or at Liberty and Ellis Islands.
- Face masks and/or costumes which are designed to conceal the identity of a person are prohibited.