TSA bans Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ‘thermal detonator’ Coca-Cola bottles from flights

The souvenir bottles would still not be allowed through security even if their decorative lids were removed.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ‘thermal detonator’ Coca-Cola bottles
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It is common knowledge that replicas of firearms and explosives are not allowed on U.S flights, but what others may not know is that this rule also applies to fictional weapons.

Earlier this month, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) confirmed to a Twitter user that the thermal detonator-inspired Coca-Cola souvenir bottles — which are being sold in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and soon to be sold at Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida — are not allowed in carry-on or checked bags on flights.

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The souvenir bottles come with a regular soda bottle cap under the decorative lid. But even if the decorative lids are removed, the TSA told a Star Wars fan on Twitter that the bottles would still not be allowed through security.

A lot of Star Wars fans find the TSA’s rule absurd, arguing that thermal detonators don’t exist in the real world, and even if they exist, the souvenir bottles are clearly not exact copies of the palm-sized, spherical devices that are depicted as extremely deadly explosive weapons in the Star Wars universe.

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Despite the official confirmation from the TSA, The Verge reported that some guests had been able to slip through security with their souvenir bottles just fine.

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Unveiled last April, the thermal detonator-inspired Coca-Cola souvenir bottles come in three color schemes: red for Coke, silver for Diet Coke, and green for Sprite. The bottles’ spherical shape is a nod to the skittish but loyal astromech BB-8.While the bottles still have brand names on them, the labels are written in Aurebesh — one of the fictional languages used in the epic space opera franchise.

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“The design of this thing just looks cool,” Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive Scott Trowbridge said of the collection back in April. “[It’s] kind of thermal detonator-ish. It’s kind of awesome.”