The security checkpoint here is a joke, providing only an illusion of security. The two, bored contract guards gave my wife's bad a cursory inspection, and they had us raise our jackets above our waists, ignoring the contents of our pockets which, in my case, made some obvious bulges. Once inside, we saw contract guards more intent on lounging, smoking, snacking and texting on duty than in actually attending to security. A nice waste of taxpayer money.
However, we didn't come here to see security guards. The mall is a pleasant environment between the elements of Independence Hall and the surrounding buildings, and makes for a nice place for photography and to plan your next stop.