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TSA now says it’s OK to pack Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ grenade-shaped sodas

Coke and other drinks at Star Wars": Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland.
Coke and other drinks in grenade-shaped containers at Star Wars": Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

In a galaxy not so far away, travelers may now pack souvenir bottles of sodas shaped like hand grenades that are sold at Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in California and Florida. The TSA has rethought its ban on souvenir bottles of Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite designed to resemble grenades used in “Star Wars” movies.

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“We have completed our review, and instructed our officers to treat these as an oversized liquid,” said a TSA statement released Wednesday. “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 a carry-on item.”

The policy follows the agency’s usual 3-1-1 rule, which bans liquids more than 3.4 ounces from being allowed in carry-on bags.

The TSA takes pseudo-explosives seriously, banning “realistic replicas” of explosives and incendiary devices from carry-on and checked luggage. Replicas of firearms may be packed in checked luggage but not in carry-on bags.

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The original ruling on the “Star Wars” sodas came in response to an @AskTSA question on Twitter from a user called @DarkAshNet.

The TSA responded: “Thanks for asking! Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.”

In the recent statement, TSA also underscored its authority, saying it “will maintain the discretion to prohibit any item through the screening checkpoint if they believe it poses a security threat.”


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