The OCR reached out to the TSA about the spherical looking ‘thermal detonator’ like Coke bottles at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and they were less than impressed at the replica like weapons.
The Transportation Security Administration [TSA] 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.
TSA officials confirmed that the souvenir collectible Coke bottles exclusively available in the new Star Wars lands are prohibited on U.S. flights because they look like replica explosives.
“Replica items are not allowed on aircraft,” said TSA spokesperson Jim Gregory.
The Coca-Cola bottles sold in Galaxy’s Edge look like palm-sized thermal detonator grenades emblazoned with logos rendered in the Aurebesh language used throughout the galaxy far, far away.
In a response to an online inquiry, the official AskTSA Twitter account replied that the Galaxy’s Edge Coke bottles were prohibited on flights because “replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.”
The Galaxy’s Edge Coke bottles could cause confusion for TSA screeners at airport security checkpoints, Gregory said.
“It could create concern that it’s the real thing,” Gregory said in a phone interview.
That’s bad news for Star Wars fans who want to bring home the unique bottles of ‘the real thing” as souvenirs from the Black Spire Outpost village on the Star Wars planet of Batuu, the setting for the 14-acre lands at Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The California themed land opened on May 31 and the Florida version debuts on Thursday, Aug. 29.
The Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite bottles were designed to look like the spherical explosive weapons used by bounty hunters and stormtroopers in the Star War universe.
“The design of this thing just looks cool,” Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive Scott Trowbridge said when the bottles were unveiled in April. “Kind of thermal detonator-ish. It’s kind of awesome.”
We would never condone going against TSA regulations but could this just be a storm in a Coke bottle, and do the TSA really feel these clear plastic bottles could be confused as a legitimate threat. With thousands of Star Wars fans expected at Walt Disney World over the next few days, it will interesting to see how this plays out.