Bottles of special edition Star Wars Coca-Cola have been banned from US flights by airport security because they look to similar to a real bomb.
The TSA, America’s Transportation Security Administration, confirmed via Twitter that the drinks would not be permitted on board in either hand luggage or tucked away suitcases in the main hold because of safety concerns.
The TSA tweeted: “Replica and inert explosives aren’t allowed in either carry-on or checked bags”.
The drink bottles are designed as keepsakes that mimic the look of ‘thermal detonators’, the Star Wars equivalent of a high-tech hand grenade. But while the on-screen explosives pack a destructive punch big enough to blast a hole through a wall, the beverage bottles contain nothing more harmful than a slurp of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke or Sprite.
The TSA is taking no chances, however, and will not be allowing the bottles on board to prevent any situation where they could be mistaken for real explosive devices.
Fortunately for fans who do want to take home a replica weapon from the Star Wars universe, the TSA has no problem with passengers who wish to travel with a lightsaber.
A dedicated page on the TSA website says: “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.