Those planning on visiting Disney’s new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park may want to double check their bags before going through airport security after the OC Register highlighted an apparent TSA ban pertaining to the theme park’s exclusive Coca-Cola-branded bottles.
Though the agency has not released a statement in reference to the specific bottles, they did respond to one Twitter user’s inquiry about whether or not they would be able to board with the $5 soda bottle. The agency noted that “replica and inert explosives aren't allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.”
Thanks for asking! Replica and inert explosives aren't allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.— AskTSA (@AskTSA) August 13, 2019
Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite “thermal detonator” sodas are exclusively available within Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge park, which opened back in May, and are designed to resemble the palm-sized explosive devices used by several characters in the “Star Wars” franchise.
A second Galaxy’s Edge location will open in Disney World on August 29.
Despite being a fictional weapon, the security agency is not taking any chances. One cheeky netizen attempted to reason with the TSA and asked if they could still carry the collectible if the lid was removed - TSA was not amused.
“Even with a normal bottle cap, this item is still considered a replica and is not allowed in carry-on or checked bags,” the @AskTSA account said in response. “If our officers discover a replica item during screening and believes it's real, the item will be treated as such until advised otherwise by law enforcement.”
Apparently not all officers received the memo because Twitter user @TigerLily1276 claimed she was able to successfully board her flight with empty “thermal detonator” bottles at Florida’s Orlando International Airport and the John Wayne Airport in California.
Naturally, netizens were not too enthused with the agency’s ban and many suggested that TSA worry more about real threats than fictional explosives.
Can I travel with this packet of replica santa grenades in december? pic.twitter.com/09VZOn7Bfv— The Hopfot (@Hopfot) August 28, 2019
If a TSA agent genuinely believes that these bottles could be real explosives (or that they are replicas of real explosives), is that agent truly competent enough for us to trust them to help keep our airports and planes safe?— Chris (@ThatVyrusGuy) August 28, 2019
....TSA... THERMAL DETONATORS aren't real. They are fictional.— A Kind Of Computer Ghost (@EsserZed) August 28, 2019
FFS, TSA. That’s asinine. Quit being so lazy, and stop with the security theater.— Rick (@JetForMe) August 28, 2019
Replica mini lightsabers in a bottle are also on the naughty list I presume. pic.twitter.com/MFchgs78Mh— Craig Newhouse (@njorl1) August 28, 2019
So, if you want to bring empty ones home, what if you pack them without the lids, and put the lids in a separate bag? The bottles without lids would look no different than Christmas ornaments, and the lids by themselves wouldn’t resemble anything either...— StarWarsDude65 (@StarWarsDude65) August 28, 2019
I’m just going to wrap it in green paper and tell them it’s a Christmas ornament. pic.twitter.com/vsga21WkXq— Patrick Gaffney (@mrpatgaff) August 28, 2019
One Twitter user pointed out that the design is a simple derivation of Coke’s holiday ornament bottle.
Replica items are not allowed on aircraft,” TSA spokesperson Jim Gregory told the OC Register in a Tuesday phone interview. “It could create concern that it’s the real thing.”
Interestingly enough, the agency makes it clear that although “the technology doesn't currently exist to create a real lightsaber,” passengers can still pack their version of the fictional weapon in their luggage.