Primary Security Screening
A primary security screening, similar to airport security procedures, is located in Battery Park, New York City or Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. All visitors boarding any Statue Cruises ferry to Liberty Island and/or Ellis Island must pass through a screening facility before boarding.
It is recommended that you include ample time and maintain a flexible schedule to include boarding the ferry and security screening. Wait time can be several hours, particularly during peak seasons, including summer, weekends and holidays.
There are no locker storage areas at the screening facilities in either Battery Park or Liberty State Park.
Prohibited Items On The Ferries
DO NOT carry any of the items mentioned below into the security screening area. Items that are surrendered will not be returned. If you are unsure about an item, please do not bring it. DO NOT leave items unattended at any time.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:
- ALL weapons, including: firearms, any dangerous items, 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 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.