Some bad news for fans of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Coca-Cola (or really just anyone who wanted to keep those super cool bottles) who flew into Orlando and Southern California area airports: the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has banned the “thermal detonator” bottles that are sold exclusively in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge from both checked and carry-on luggage on U.S. flights, The OC Register reports.
- The TSA has released a new statement regarding the Star Wars Coke bottles, seemingly reversing their previous ruling.
- They write, “The issue concerning Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge-themed soda bottles has recently been brought to our attention by the general public, as these items could reasonably be seen by some as replica hand grenades. We appreciate the concerns being raised, because replica explosives are not permitted in either carry-on or checked bags. 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.”
- However, they added, “TSA officers will maintain the discretion to prohibit any item through the screening checkpoint if they believe it poses a security threat.”
- The bottles were teased earlier in April before either Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened, when Scott Trowbridge, Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive said “The design of this thing just looks cool, kind of thermal detonator-ish. It’s kind of awesome.”
- The Coca-Cola bottles sold in Galaxy’s Edge look like palm-sized thermal detonator grenades emblazoned with Coca-Cola logos rendered in the Aurebesh language used throughout the Star Wars universe.
- Coca-Cola worked closely with Walt Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilm on the look of the Galaxy’s Edge soda bottles to create a familiar yet different design that authentically fit into the Star Wars universe. Coca-Cola and Disney are both listed on the patent of the distinctive Galaxy’s Edge bottle cap.
- The three bottles, one each for Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, and Sprite, each are designed to look like weapons bounty hunters and Stormtroopers use in the Star Wars universe.
- According to the OC Register, custom light sabers from Savi’s Workshop and custom droids from the Droid Depot are allowed in carry-on and checked baggage.
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is already open at Disneyland, and will open August 29th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
What They’re Saying:
- TSA Spokesperson Jim Gregory, to the OC Register: “Replica items are not allowed on aircraft. The Galaxy’s Edge Coke bottles could cause confusion for TSA screeners at airport security checkpoints. It could create concern that it’s the real thing.”