The TSA has reversed its decision to ban Star Wars drinks bottles shaped like ‘thermal detonators’ from flights in the US.
The security agency had said that the souvenir collectible bottles, which are exclusively available at Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in California and Florida, would not be permitted in travelers’ carry-on or checked luggage on aircraft as they look like explosives.
However, after a review of its policy, the TSA has confirmed that the bottles will be allowed on aircraft.
The TSA has reversed its decision to ban Star Wars drinks bottles shaped like ‘thermal detonators’ from flights in the US
The thermal detonator famously wielded by Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi, while disguised as a bounty hunter
The palm-sized bottles are meant to resemble the grenade-style weapon famously wielded by Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi, who threatened Jabba the Hutt with one while dressed as a bounty hunter.
They are emblazoned with the Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Sprite names in the Aurebesh language that is used in the films.
A TSA spokesperson told MailOnline Travel: ‘The issue concerning Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge-themed soda bottles has recently been brought to our attention by the general public, as these items could reasonably be seen by some as replica hand grenades.
‘We appreciate the concerns being raised because replica explosives are not permitted in either carry-on or checked bags.
One confused traveller took to Twitter to ask the TSA if he could take one of the souvenir bottles in either his carry on or checked bags
‘We have completed our review, and instructed our officers to treat these as an oversized liquid. Because these bottles contain liquids larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters), they should be put in checked baggage or emptied to be brought on as carry-on item.
‘TSA officers will maintain the discretion to prohibit any item through the screening checkpoint if they believe it poses a security threat.’
The issue surrounding the souvenirs came to light last week when one confused flier, Ash Best, took to Twitter to ask the official TSA account if the bottles would be permitted in luggage – given their shape.
He queried: ‘I know these look dodgy, but can they be packed in a suitcase? Thanks.’
The account responded, telling Ash: ‘Thanks for asking! Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.’
The souvenir drinks bottles are on sale at the $1billion Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland in California, pictured and at Disney Hollywood Studios in Florida
The bottles were designed by Coca-Cola along with Disney and Lucasfilm and are ‘designed to fit authentically within the Star Wars universe’.
The eagerly awaited $1billion Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in California in May to great fanfare.
The 14-acre attraction has rides, shops selling personal droids and lightsabers and ‘Star Wars-appropriate food and drink’.
The big draw is a massive replica of the Millennium Falcon, where guests can roam the ship’s halls and engage in a dogfight with Tie Fighters. Another ride called Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is set to open later in the year.
The same Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land opened for visitors at Florida’s Disney World Resort last week.