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TSA Bans 'Star Wars' Coke Bottles That Look Like Small Bombs

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by Elisabeth Sherman Aug 28, 2019

Bad news Star Wars fans: The TSA has banned that the collectible “thermal detonator” Coke bottle you picked up at the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge theme park in Disneyland from all airplanes, in both checked and carry-on luggage. This is one piece of memorabilia that won’t be able to join your stash of hermetically sealed action figures.

To be fair to the TSA, the circular Coke bottle does look like a small hand-held bomb, which could potentially cause panic or chaos in a place where that is absolutely never acceptable — an airport — even if it is totally harmless.

The fact that it’s essentially a plastic toy doesn’t matter. Any object that has been designed to look like an explosive is simply not allowed on an aircraft, no matter how far you traveled or how long you waited in line to get it.

The palm-sized, ball-shaped bottles are meant to look straight out of a Star Wars movie — they’re even printed with the Aurebesh language. They’re intended to look like grenades used by bounty hunters and stormtroopers in the movies, but that’s exactly the problem.

According to the Orange County Register, the bottles could cause “concern” at security checkpoints, resulting in not just longer wait times, but potential reported bomb threats with far reaching consequences for travelers.

The policy came to light when a curious fan tweeted at the TSA asking if the bottles would pass muster at the airport, to which the agency replied “Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.”

Thankfully, travelers to a galaxy far, far away (okay, it’s just California) will be able to find plenty of souvenirs that can travel safely home on a plane. Lightsabers and replica droids sold at Galaxy’s Edge are allowed in your luggage, for instance. But your fantasy life as a bounty hunter will have to stay behind on Batuu (or least Disney’s replica of it).

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