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    Another piece from Travel Mole, which I have to say I found quite amusing!!

    Disney bomb-shaped coke bottles banned from carry-on baggage

    One of Disneyland's Star Wars themed gifts is almost literally the bomb - but it won't fly with the Transportation Security Administration.

    Coca-Cola co-branded bottles are being sold in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland but have been banned by the TSA both checked and carry-on baggage at airports.

    The 'thermal detonator' bottles resemble replica explosives, the TSA says.

    When they were launched by Disney Imagineering executive Scott Trowbridge they were described as 'cool and awesome'.

    They come in three colour schemes - red for Coke, red and silver for Diet Coke and green for Sprite.

    Although anyone would have a hard time mistaking them for real explosives, they are shaped like thermal detonator grenades.

    The TSA's @AskTSA twitter feed confirmed they are banned from aircraft.

    "Replica and inert explosives aren't allowed in either carry-on or checked bags," the agency tweeted in response to an inquiry from a traveller.
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    This is only true up to a point. These bottles are NOT replica explosives in the normal sense. They are soda bottles designed to look fancy. There's simply no way they will be picked up on any checked luggage scan, or that they would ever be confused with a genuine explosive device. They cannot go in hand luggage because they are liquid, but they should still be fine in checked luggage. To a large extent, this is a made-up story by a click-bait website which has tried, fairly successfully, to be a scaremongering site.

    ETA: These bottles have been on sale at Disneyland since SWGE opened there in May, and if you think people haven't been flying out of LA with them in their luggage since then, you're living in cloud cuckoo-land!!

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    Can we also remember this isn't the first time round Coke bottles have existed?

    Christmas Ornament Coke Bottle:



    American Idol Coke Bottle:



    There were also round souvenir coke bottles for various sporting events, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup.



    Plus, other companies have done the round bottle thing, too.

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    This was also picked up by some of the lower quality UK papers, but there have been loads of people saying they have brought them back quite happily. People have even said they've put the empty bottles in their hand luggage and not got so much as a second glance from the TSA.

    I could see it being an issue if they were made of metal as the scanners would show them up, but plastic is not going to be a problem. I suspect the original Twitter reply was either a bot or at least a canned response triggered by the word detonator in the question.
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    The TSA has now issued additional guidelines for this, pretty much saying there won't be anything for people to worry about. In the end, it was basically a non-story as people had certainly been flying with these in their luggage for at least the last 3 months!!

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    Apparently it was triggered (no pun intended) by someone Tweeting the TSA to ask if they could be taken on board an aircraft and the Official TSA twitter account saying No.
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    It was the Orange County Register newspaper in the LA area that picked up on the Tweet and ran it as a gospel story, without double-checking that it was, actually, what the TSA intended. Considering literally no-one had ever been stopped from carrying these items on a flight in 3 months since SWGE opened at Disneyland, it was hugely irresponsible of the OCR to just run the story (that other news agencies - who should know better - picked up on) without getting any clarification. But then, that's often the state of the media these days

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    To be honest they aren't metal or solid structure as Spencem says so it shouldn't be an issue.However we have bought back Christmas baubles back in hand luggage before and have been stopped after scanning as they looked a little bit suspicious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon Veness View Post
    It was the Orange County Register newspaper in the LA area that picked up on the Tweet and ran it as a gospel story, without double-checking that it was, actually, what the TSA intended.
    I can understand why anyone reading AskTSA's response to the question posed would have assumed it was official policy. The first response WAS a bit generic but in response to a follow-up question, the TSA replied "Even with a normal bottle cap, this item is still considered a replica and is not allowed in carry-on or checked bags. 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." That's pretty specific. The fact that the TSA issued an updated statement suggests there was an initial statement.

    The OCR claims it spoke with a TSA spokesperson by the name of Jim Gregory btw. "'The Galaxy’s Edge Coke bottles could cause confusion for TSA screeners at airport security checkpoints', Gregory said.

    “It could create concern that it’s the real thing,” Gregory said in a phone interview."

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinchillababe View Post
    To be honest they aren't metal or solid structure as Spencem says so it shouldn't be an issue.
    Agreed, this won't be an issue.

    I think once people hold these things in their hand and see that the "detonator" top is thin plastic that's not even solid in some place, plus it's entirely hollow and it pops right off, and there's a regular soda bottle cap underneath, and the bottle can be squeezed with your bare hands, and (BIG hint) the bottom of the bottle is CLEAR and you can see right into the hollow, empty container, it will quickly become clear why this whole thing is utter nonsense.












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