Anyone flying in to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge please note that the TSA has banned the special Coke bottles that look like “Thermal Detonators” from checked and carry-on luggage.
Thanks to a tip from PNP correspondent Lauren and the OC Register, we have learned about this rule.
“The Transportation Security Administration has banned the “thermal detonator” Coca-Cola bottles sold in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios from checked and carry-on luggage on U.S. flights.” – OC Register
TSA considers these Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge bottles an issue because they resemble replica explosives. According to TSA spokesperson Jim Gregory “Replica items are not allowed on aircraft. It could create concern that it’s the real thing.”
However you can ship them home.
“We have heard anecdotal reports of travelers stowing these bottles in their luggage without incident, but if you prefer to play it safe, we suggest shipping them home via FedEx or UPS before heading to the airport.”- Pop Sugar
Some have said that they got through TSA with empty bottles and had no problem. I’m not sure if this is a new thing, or not.
My first question was “Why now?”
Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge land has been open for a couple of months. So why it is a problem now?
It might stem from people asking online and bringing attention to the issue.
— Ash Best (@DarkAshNet) August 13, 2019
The exclusive Coke bottles have the brand labels in Star Wars Aurebesh writing and the round ones resemble thermal detonators for the franchise. Coke worked with Disney Imagineering and Lucasfilms to find a look that would fit in with the parks and be different enough to be exciting. When they were unveiled at Star Wars Celebration the crowds loved it. (I know because I was there when they unveiled them.) Now, unless you are driving, you can’t take these home.
Just be aware that you can not take these in your luggage. It does seem that the lightsabers and astromech droids are okay according to Pop Sugar.
Maybe this will be something that the TSA can adjust to screen for now that it’s been brought to their attention? Part of me is like “It’s a small, round soda bottle” but part of me is also like “better safe than sorry.” It’s just odd that the lightsabers and droids are fine but these aren’t. Even empty?
What do you think? Comment and let us know.