UPDATED 8/31/19: The TSA has reversed its ban on the thermal detonator-shaped Coca Cola bottles.
"We have completed our review, and instructed our officers to treat these as an oversized liquid," a TSA spokesperson told CNN in a statement. "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."
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The recently opened Star Wars-themed area at Anaheim's Disneyland park, Galaxy's Edge, has a number of unique souvenirs for sale. Among the items exclusive to the park is a series of "thermal detonator" Coca-Cola bottles, which closely resemble grenades. Due to their resemblance to said explosives, TSA has now banned passengers from taking bottles of them on flights.
Throughout the Star Wars films, and specifically Return of the Jedi, thermal detonators are explosives used by a number of characters. The bottles that resemble the items feature nothing but soda, but that hasn't stopped TSA from banning them. When someone asked TSA directly earlier this month, TSA replied, "Replica and inert explosives aren't allowed in either carry-on or checked bags."
In another tweet, TSA responded to a question and confirmed they are not allowed despite containing only soda. "Even with a normal bottle cap, this item is still considered a replica and is not allowed in carry-on or checked bags," TSA explained. "If our officers discover a replica item during screening and believes it's real, the item will be treated as such until advised otherwise by law enforcement."
Mark Hamill himself commented on the news, pointing out how lightsabers are still permitted on flights. "In short: Lightsabers = 👍 Incendiary Bomb-shaped Soda Containers = 👎," he wrote. "#BombBottlesBanned #BuhBye 💣💣!!"