TSA reverses ban on Star Wars-inspired Coca-Cola bottles

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The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) decided to reverse the initial decision to ban Coca-Cola bottles from Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction after receiving backlash from fans.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened to the public on May 31 at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and August 29 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. However, back in August, the TSA has put the souvenir Coca-Cola bottles in its no fly-list after the matter was discussed by a Twitter user.

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 styled to resemble products coming from the world of Batuu, and it’s logos in Aurebesh — a fictional language used in Star Wars movies. Furthermore, they are designed after the explosive but fictional thermal detonators used in the franchise.

The TSA urged that even if they took the bottle cap off and pose as a normal bottle cap, the design still replicates explosives.

“Even with a normal bottle cap, this item is still considered a replica and is not allowed in carry-on or checked bags. 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,” the TSA said in a statement.

Upon that decision, fans of the Star Wars franchise were enraged, arguing that the soda bottles are obviously harmless and other measures can be taken and putting a total ban on the item was a stretch.

One user expressed on Twitter that the soda bottle can be considered as a souvenir because from more than 1,000 unique items that parkgoers can purchase at the Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction, the $5.49 intergalactic soda bottles are the cheapest pieces of souvenir that people can buy and take home.

In comparison, the highly sought after lightsaber costs $200 each.

The lightsabers are still allowed in passengers’ check-in luggage with no questions asked.

“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,” officials joked in a notice. “May the force be with you.”

Disney and Coca Cola partnered to make these specialty soda cans for the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction in Disneyland, which TSA officials put in a no-fly list due to its resemblance with human hand grenades.
Source: Coca-Cola YouTube

“I can’t believe it. We want to carry them like our souvenir after visited Star Wars Park in Disneyland. It is absurd and disgusting,” says Twitter user, Adriana Miranda.

Another Twitter user, Rubin Burks, questioned the ban: “Then why have so many people already flown with them in their luggage without any issue? These have been around for a while. They’re no different from the round soda bottles sold at Christmas.”

Ultimately, one pointed out that they are not exactly replicas of grenades though they may seem like one “A replica of WHAT? A movie prop!”

Disney and Coca-Cola themselves say that the soda bottle is supposedly fun and recognizable props for fans to take home.

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.

Fortunately, upon reconsideration, the federal agency announced the news last week, detailing that while the themed soda bottles could be perceived as “replica hand grenades,” they will allow Disney World and Disneyland tourists to take the item home with them – with some considerations.

“We appreciate the concerns being raised because replica explosives are not permitted in either carry-on or checked bags,” a TSA spokesperson said in a statement Aug. 28.

“The issue concerning Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge-themed soda bottles has recently been brought to our attention by the general public,” he added. “We have completed our review, and instructed our officers to treat these as an oversized liquid. Because these bottles contain liquids larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters), they should be put in checked baggage or emptied to be brought on as carry-on item.”

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