UPDATED, Friday, August 30, 2 pm: Good news for those who were hoping to take home a “thermal detonator” Coca-Cola bottle from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Anaheim’s Disneyland. The Transportation Security Administration has reversed its decision to ban the stylized Coke bottles from airline flights. The TSA had previously banned the items from carry-on or checked bags because the agency claimed they resemble as “inert explosive.” In a statement Friday, TSA said, “We have completed our review, and instructed our officers to treat these as an oversized liquid.” The TSA now says the bottles can be allowed as a carry-on item, but they must be empty.
PREVIOUS, August 28, 10:10 AM: There are a lot of souvenirs that you can take home from Star Wars: Galaxy Edge, the new Star Wars-themed land in Anaheim’s Disneyland and the one about to open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando. But if you want to take one of their “thermal detonator” Coca-Cola bottles on your flight home, TSA won’t allow it.
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The bottles are one of the many exclusive items sold at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Even though they are just a bottle to hold a refreshing soda, they still resemble the grenade-like explosive seen in the Star Wars movies — specifically in Return of the Jedi when Princess Leia, disguised as the Ubese hunter Boushh, threatens to blow up Jabba the Hutt’s barge with one.
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Even though the thermal detonator exists in the Star Wars cinematic universe, the federal Transportation Security Administration claims they still resemble an “inert explosive” and they aren’t allowed on carry-on or checked bags.
“Even with a normal bottle cap, this item is still considered a replica and is not allowed in carry-on or checked bags,” a tweet from TSA said. “If our officers discover a replica item during screening and believes it’s real, the item will be treated as such until advised otherwise by law enforcement.”
They may not be able to bring these ficitional — and cool-looking soda bottles on planes, those who visit the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge planet of Batuu will be permitted to bring hand-built lightsabers and custom made droids sold at the Black Spire Outpost in carry-on and checked bags. According to TSA’s website, the Jedi weapons are allowed on planes because “Sadly, the technology doesn’t currently exist to create a real lightsaber.”
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