What a major bummer for Star Wars fans who wanted to bring home the unique coke bottles from Galaxy’s Edge! The TSA has ruled that they are considered ‘replica explosives’ and aren’t allowed in either carry on or checked baggage.
UPDATE: Bright suns, travelers! As of August 30th, 2019, the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Coke bottles have been unbanned on flights. The rest of this article will remain as written on August 27th. Enjoy your journey to Batuu.
The now-banned Coke bottles resemble the thermal detonators from Star Wars and feature the Coca Cola logos written in the Aurebesh language on the outer design. Their inclusion adds another layer to the already fun and intensely immersive atmosphere of Galaxy’s Edge.
The attention to detail surrounding every aspect of Batuu is simply astounding. Everything from the bottles to the food to the lingo spoken by the cast members makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a brand new world.
“The design of this thing just looks cool,” Walt Disney Imagineering portfolio creative executive Scott Trowbridge said of the coke bottles according to the OC Register. “Kind of thermal detonator-ish. It’s kind of awesome.”
But, sadly, the TSA doesn’t find them that awesome and has squashed travelers hopes of bringing this unique souvenir home from Disneyland by airplane.
“Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags,” they told one curious fan via Twitter.
These types of bans tend to sit precariously between two options; travelers being understanding that the TSA can’t take chances with bomb-shaped items, but also getting frustrated with how ridiculous some of the bans can sometimes feel. Nobody wants to lead the charge against any particular ban and have something bad happen down the line, but it still feels rather silly given the context. It’s a coke bottle with a silly cap. But they have a job to do, so okay I suppose. (Of course, the argument can be made that the TSA doesn’t do that great of a job at the moment anyway, but I digress).
All hope is not lost, however. Shipping stuff home is always an option for travelers who find themselves coming home with way more stuff than they left with. It can often be way cheaper than an additional carry on bag, too. Right now the postal service hasn’t issued any sort of ban for these items, so it sounds like it could work without issue. Check out this guide for information on how to ship stuff home from your Disneyland trip. Since Galaxy’s Edge is about to open in Florida, here’s a guide for shipping from Walt Disney World, too.
When I visited I ended up shipping my droid from the Droid Depot home because there was no way I was going to fit it in my suitcase. So taking a detour to a shipping location may work out for you if you also find yourself overspending on all the amazing merch.
Star Wars fans will prevail. If we can limit ourselves to 3-ounce bottles of toiletries and remove our shoes and belts every time we go to the airport, we can ship our silly little thermal detonator coke bottles home too.
Author: Angel Wilson
Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. She earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. She’s contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. She’s written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. She identifies as queer.
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