The TSA Says This Popular ‘Star Wars’ Souvenir Is Banned from Planes, and Fans Are Baffled
The TSA says that the souvenirs — which are actually small bottles of Coke products sold at the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction at Disneyland and Disney World — are replica explosives, which are prohibited from both carry-on and checked baggage.
A fan asked about the ‘Star Wars’ souvenirs
The question about the status of the orb-shaped bottles — which are modeled on the grenade-like weapons seen in some Star Wars films — arose after someone wondered about whether the souvenirs could be brought on board a plane.
“@AskTSA I know these look dodgy, but can they be packed in a suitcase? Thanks,” the fan asked the TSA’s Twitter account.
The TSA said the fake thermal detonators were a no-go.
“Thanks for asking! Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags,” @AskTSA replied.
Fans think the TSA is being ridiculous
“Realistic replicas of explosives” are one of a number of items that the TSA bans from both checked and carry-on luggage. But some people on Twitter thought it was a bit ridiculous to label the soda bottles, which feature the Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Dasani logos in a fictional Star Wars language, as realistic-looking.
“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?” one person tweeted at the TSA.
“….TSA… THERMAL DETONATORS aren’t real. They are fictional,” tweeted another.
Others pointed out that the TSA has a poor track record of identifying actual weapons in passenger baggage.
Some people said they’d had no problems flying with the ‘thermal detonators’
While the TSA says that the souvenir soda bottles are officially banned from planes, it sounds like some agents at the airport haven’t gotten the message. Several people on Twitter reported being able to fly with the items in either their checked or carry-on bags in the past few months. (Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland opened in May; the attraction officially opens on August 29 at Disney World.)
“I flew out of Los Angeles with two of these in my carry on lmfao,” tweeted one person.
“I had no problems flying with those bottles (full) in my checked luggage in June or July,” another wrote.
While some people said the souvenirs made it through the security screening process without incident, it’s possible that TSA agents at airports near Disney parks will now be on the lookout for the bottles.
At just $5.49 each, the “thermal detonators” are one of the cheapest souvenirs you can buy at Galaxy’s Edge. The special sodas have proven so popular that guests are limited to buying just three bottles in each transaction, according to CNN. But if the TSA is serious about not allowing the items through security, fans may want to pick up another memento to remember their trip to Disney — or make sure to ship the bottles home before they head to the airport.