The TSA reverses its ban on Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Detonator Coke bottles. Last week, representatives for the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) announced the souvenir soda bottles sold at Galaxy's Edge could be perceived as a hand grenade, and forbade the thermal detonator replicas from airplanes.
One of the most anticipated attractions to arrive at the Disney theme parks in decades, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened earlier this year at Disneyland in California, and recently at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Inspired by real-world locations, Galaxy’s Edge transports attendees to a galaxy far, far away. Infused with activities and nods to the Star Wars franchise, visitors can ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, build a lightsaber, drink Luke’s blue milk, and socialize with droids at Oga’s Cantina. Encompassing 14 acres of land, Galaxy’s Edge hit capacity within one hour on opening day. Shortly after launch, however, Disney reported attendance for Galaxy’s Edge was significantly lower than expected.
Providing an immersive experience, Galaxy’s Edge permits visitors to take a piece of the experience home with them, offering a plethora of souvenirs. Last week, tourists to the Disney parks were outraged to learn that coke bottles inspired by the weapons used by bounty hunters and Stormtroopers were prohibited from airplanes. Following backlash from the Mouse House’s visitors, the TSA has changed their minds. According to THR, Galaxy’s Edge’s thermal detonator coke bottles are now allowed in checked bags if full and carry-on if empty. TSA specified how they classify the souvenirs and educated the public on the rules and regulations:
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 a carry-on item.
The update from the TSA coincides perfectly with the timing of Galaxy’s Edge opening at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Although the threat of Hurricane Dorian loomed, thousands of visitors showed up on August 29, reassured they could take home the must-have memento. As for the titular lightsabers, replicas of the famous weapons have always been allowed in the skies in both carry-on and checked luggage.
Amid a recent slew of kinks, Disney continues to iron out issues, one at a time. The Mouse House has numerous plans on the horizon, including the launch of Disney+, the opening of Rise of the Resistance, Disney’s Epcot park getting a massive overhaul, and much more. No doubt the designers of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge couldn't foresee the thermal detonator souvenir being problematic. However, the TSA moved swiftly and sales of the soda bottles can continue. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge remains an impactful experience for visitors of Disney’s iconic theme parks.
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