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TSA bans new 'Star Wars' Coke bottles that look like grenades

Travelers who visit the new 'Star Wars'-themed Disney park are permitted to board flights with hand-built lightsabers, however.
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Bottles of Coca-Cola are displayed during a media preview of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney Co.'s Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, California, on May 29, 2019.Patrick Fallon / Bloomberg via Getty Images
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As Disney prepares to open its Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, TSA is cracking down on one of its most collectible items — its $5 Coke bottles.

There are more than 1,000 unique items that parkgoers can purchase at Galaxy’s Edge, and one of the most popular (and cheapest) is the bottles of Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite that have been stylized to fit in the world of Batuu. The sodas are reminiscent of thermal detonators from the Star Wars films and feature the name of each brand in Aurebesh, the fictional language of Star Wars.

Fans became enamored with these plastic bottles even before the California iteration of Galaxy’s Edge opened in May. Many have collected the bottles and brought them home from the park to display on shelves or, in some cases, turn into Christmas tree ornaments.

However, the Transportation Security Administration has banned the souvenir from flights because it looks like an explosive.

A reply tweet from a TSA-verified Twitter account posted in early August was first spotted by The Orange County (Calif.) Register.

Fans were quick to ask if removing the cap from the bottle and transporting them separately would allow them to bring the bottles on flights or stow in their luggage. However, the TSA was quick to squash that loophole.

“Even with a normal bottle cap, this item is still considered a replica and is not allowed in carry-on or checked bags,” a tweet from the account said Tuesday. “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.”

Representatives for Disney did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Travelers who visit the planet of Batuu are permitted to board flights with hand-built lightsabers and astromech droids sold at the Black Spire Outpost.

The TSA’s “What Can I Bring” guide even has a sense of humor about it, saying: “Sadly the technology doesn’t currently exist to create a real lightsaber. However, you can pack a toy lightsaber in your carry-on or checked bag. May the force be with you.”

Looks like fans will have to get creative if they want to take home the unique Coke bottles. Or hit up a local post office in Orlando or Anaheim, California, before heading home.