The Transportation Safety Administration has alerted travelers that the popular $5 bottles of soda in a stylized bottle meant to look like a thermal detonator from the popular films are not allowed on flights, even in checked baggage. Officials say the drinks look too much like a real explosive.
“Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags,” the TSA said when asked about the drinks on Twitter. (Of course, since the Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite bottles contain liquids, they probably wouldn’t have made it past the initial security screening, but TSA will also apparently force passengers to discard empty thermal detonator bottles from the park as well.
Thanks for asking! Replica and inert explosives aren't allowed in either carry-on or checked bags.
— AskTSA (@AskTSA) August 13, 2019
The announcement, somewhat predictably, was lambasted by others on Twitter, with many pointing out that a thermal detonator is a fictional device and the bottles were actually a replica movie prop. Others bragged they had brought the bottles home with no problem, despite the ban.
The TSA, however, isn’t falling for those Jedi mind tricks.
“Replica grenades aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags,” it said. “These items may be mistaken for real grenades in the X-ray machine or by a fellow passenger and have the ability to cause the same level of concern.”
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