TSA Bans Star Wars-themed Coca-Cola Bottles
by Shawn Binder on 08/28/2019 | 2 Minute Read
Star Wars may be all about flying to distant and exotic planets, but those who try and fly with Disney’s Star Wars thermal detonator sodas may find themselves stuck on solid ground.
The bottles serve as a part of the immersive Star Wars experience, and in honor, Coca-Cola has designed four bottles for the Galaxy’s Edge attractions. Sure, these sip-sized sodas may provide Disney World attendees some relief from the unforgiving sun, but, unfortunately, they’re not TSA-approved.
The soda bottles are circular and feature a metallic cap that resembles a grenade from the Star Wars universe (you know, that little multi-billion dollar sci-fi franchise that Disney owns). The bottles feature the branded colors from the sodas you love like Coke, Sprite, and Diet Coke, utilizing them in the design, but take logo liberties that allow the bottles to fit within the aesthetic of Disney’s Star Wars-theme.
Disney theme parks and Coca-Cola have a decades-long relationship, going back to Disneyland’s opening in 1955, so the move to make non-TSA compliant bottles is a head-scratcher.
The bottles “could create concern that it’s the real thing,” TSA spokesperson Jim Gregory told the Orange County Register, standing with its rule that “squirt guns, Nerf guns, toy swords, or other items that resemble realistic firearms or weapons are prohibited.”
We’re not sure how fictional grenades filled with sugary liquid could fall under the category of “realistic,” but, hey, sometimes you can’t be too careful.
Thankfully, the grenade sodas represent a tiny fraction of the branded souvenirs available for guests to purchase.