The Transportation Security Administration has placed a clear message that they will not be permitting Coca-Cola bottles to proceed in the airport due to its resemblance to grenades or detonators.
Mainly, the bottles, which are for sale exclusively inside Star Wars lands in Anaheim and Orlando, are shaped like small orbs that resemble either a droid or a thermal detonator, depending on your point of view.
According to one Disney executive, it looks more like the fictional explosive device featured in “Return of the Jedi.” Scott Trowbridge, the lead Imagineer on the Galaxy’s Edge project, said the design of the bottle looked “cool, kind of thermal detonator-ish” on a panel earlier this year.
In the movies, the thermal detonators used are powerful weapons that could send aliens flying. The collectible Coca-Cola bottle versions available at Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction, on the other hand merely fizzes up when shaken vigorously.
This did not stop TSA from putting the fiction-inspired bottles on its no-fly list, nevertheless.
A Star Wars fan on Twitter asked the TSA if the bottles could be packed in a suitcase for a flight.
“Thanks for asking! Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags,” the official AskTSA account replied earlier this month.
There are four different variations with Coca-Cola and Disney’s Star Wars collaboration. Three of which are in the described grenade-shaped bottles that are available to buy as the regular Coke, Diet Coke, and Sprite. The fourth one is a Dasani water bottle.
All four are stylized to resemble products coming from the world of Batuu, and it’s logos in Aurebesh—a fictional language used in Star Wars movies.
They are a part of more than 1,000 unique items that parkgoers can purchase at the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction in Disneyland Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, an immersive land filled with theme rides and merchandise, launched at Disneyland in California in May.
The souvenirs that are exclusively sold at the theme park may come in the popular Star Wars lightsabers, Chewbacca backpack, or a puppet Porg.
They’re supposedly fun and recognizable props for fans to take home, but they will have to start leaving their thermal detonators behind, with the new TSA ban.
On the other hand, at $5.49 a bottle, the intergalactic soda bottles are the cheapest pieces of souvenir that people can buy.
Comparatively, the highly sought after lightsaber costs $200 lightsaber each.
Furthermore, other than it’s low price, the soda bottles have become an enamored piece where many have collected the bottles and brought them home from the park to display on shelves or, in some cases, turn into Christmas tree ornaments.
They have become so popular that Disney has limited guests to three bottles per transaction to prevent hoarding.
Unfortunately, the Imagineers that worked on the packaging did too well that TSA made a follow- up announcement Yesterday and clarified further saying that even with the decorative lid removed, the bottle would still not be allowed through security.
Fans asking the TSA to reconsider if removing the cap from the bottle and transporting them separately would allow them to bring the bottles on flights or stow in their luggage faced a shutdown from the TSA saying:
“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 the account said Tuesday. “If our officers discover a replica item during screening and believe it’s real, the item will be treated as such until advised otherwise by law enforcement.”
As usual, travelers from the land of Batuu are still permitted to board their flights along with their lightsabers and droids.
The TSA’s “What Can I Bring” guide indicates with some sarcasm: “Sadly the technology doesn’t currently exist to create a real lightsaber. However, you can pack a toy lightsaber in your carry-on or checked bag. May the force be with you.”