Update: The TSA Is Confiscating Souvenirs from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge — and They're Not Lightsabers
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Update as of 08/31/19: The TSA has reversed a ban on Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge soda bottles. Previously, the bottles had been banned in checked baggage due to the fact that they resemble hand grenades. TSA policy is that replica explosives are not permitted in checked baggage. A statement from the TSA says they have completed their review of the bottles, and that the bottles will now be permitted in checked baggage. (Because the bottles exceed the 100ml limit placed on liquids in carry-ons they must be placed in checked bags.) However, the agency says that, “TSA officers will maintain the discretion to prohibit any item through the screening checkpoint if they believe it poses a security threat."
Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge officially opens Thursday at Walt Disney World in Florida. From building your own droids to handcrafted lightsabers, there's lots of shopping to be had within Galaxy's Edge. Superfans are virtually guaranteed to come home with souvenirs from the planet of Batuu. But, there's at least one out-of-this-world item that can't fly home with you, according to the TSA.
The TSA doesn't want the Galaxy's Edge Coke bottles to fly. Why? Well, while harmless (beyond the 160 calories), these cans are shaped like “thermal detonators" and, at least to a security screener, they simply look too much like the real thing.
After a traveler sent a tweet to the official @AskTSA Twitter account asking whether the "dodgy"-looking souvenirs could be packed in his suitcase, the account responded stating they weren't allowed on planes at all, regardless of where they're packed.
Replicas of explosives, such as hand grenades, are prohibited in checked and carry-on baggage.
One can only assume that it was somehow never considered that visitors might actually want to take the themed soda bottles home as decorative souvenirs.
If you simply can't live without your mini-grenade-shaped Coke bottle, or want to bring a few home for the Star Wars fanatics in your life, you can always ship them back home. There's a FedEx store conveniently located less than two miles from the park. If you go this route, be sure to use a card that earns a bonus for shipping purchases. The Chase Ink Business Preferred Credit Card, for example, earns 3x Chase Ultimate Rewards points (6%) on shipping purchases as part of the first $150,000 spent on travel, shipping, internet, phone, cable and advertising purchases per year.
Thankfully, $200 lightsabers are cleared to fly home with you — whether you travel by starcruiser or commercial aircraft.
Additional reporting by J. Scott Clark.