Maybe Selling Soda In A 'Star Wars' Grenade Was A Bad Idea
In the rush to make everything in Disney's new theme park, Galaxy's Edge, look and feel like you're on a planet in the Star Wars universe, their "Imagineers" had to come up with a way to make it look like Coca-Cola's corporate reach had extended beyond our own galaxy (which it will, in due time). In retrospect, it probably wasn't a great idea to make the novelty Star Wars Coke bottle look like a grenade.
The TSA is kind of a stickler when it comes to explosives. They don't like them very much -- even replicas that are easily identifiable as either Coke, Diet Coke, or Sprite bottles, despite a fictional alien language all over them. So it makes sense that when asked on Twitter if the grenade-shaped bottle can be taken on a plane, the TSA said no. What doesn't make sense is why Disney pumped, I'm going to guess, $1 trillion into making every millimeter of this park feel like you're stepping into a Star Wars movie, but the best idea they had was to make kids drink Sprite from a grenade? Or a "thermal detonator," if you want to be all canonical about it.
Actually, now that I think about it, I do seem to remember Luke in Star Wars pouring a tall creamy serving of blue milk into a grenade. And there's the scene in The Empire Strikes Back when the doors before Han, Leia, and Lando slide open to reveal Vader standing at the end of a long dining table, and on it are a bunch of grenades that aren't for blowing his enemies to smithereens, but rather for drinking. And wow, come to think of it, there's that part in Return Of The Jedi when Leia, disguised as a bounty hunter, holds up a thermal detonator, and everyone in Jabba's Palace recoils in horror. "Oh no," exclaimed that dancing alien lady with six bosoms. "That bounty hunter is going to quench our thirsts!"
I can't believe I forgot about all those people in Star Wars who drank from grenades!
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