(Look at the URL. Methinks “journalists” in New York have no idea what “to the hilt” means).
Ticket holders are screened at a checkpoint, manned by Park Police, before boarding a ferry for the short trip to Liberty and nearby Ellis Islands. The screening includes magnetometers and X-ray machines. A second check is conducted once visitors are on the islands.
[A visitor] was surprised by the rigorous screening, much like an airport, with screeners asking visitors to take off their belts and shoes.
This is freedom?
Oh the irony.