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Whoops, Disney’s Grenade-Shaped Star Wars Sodas Aren’t Allowed on Planes

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Four plastic bottles, three of which are short and round like grenades, sitting on a table in front of bags of multicolored popcorn.
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This is why design is important!

There are many, many ways that Disney gets you, and at their theme parks, it’s usually with all manner of souvenirs. Sure, you may be on the brink of heat exhaustion in the Florida sun and in desperate need of a soda, any soda, but wouldn’t you rather one of these little bottles of Sprite that look like “thermal detonators” from the Star Wars film franchise? Well, too bad for Disney, because according to the TSA, the novelty bottles aren’t allowed on either carry-on or checked luggage, due to their resemblance to weapons.

The bottles “could create concern that it’s the real thing,” TSA spokesperson Jim Gregory told the Orange County Register, standing with its rule that “squirt guns, Nerf guns, toy swords, or other items that resemble realistic firearms or weapons are prohibited.” Which you’d think Disney would have thought of! Looks like they’ll just have to rely on the thousands of other souvenirs for sale to keep them in the black.

And in other news...

  • Popeyes employees describe the awful treatment they faced in the midst of the chicken sandwich craze, which is a good reminder that it’s just a sandwich so please treat service workers better. [BI]
  • After leaving SNL, Leslie Jones is going to host a reboot of Supermarket Sweep, though she hasn’t settled on a network yet. [Deadline]
  • A couple of Swiss tourists recreated Homer Simpson’s eating tour of New Orleans. [Grub Street]
  • Why is White Claw so popular? Because being cool is exhausting. [The Atlantic]
  • Uber Eats is losing just over $3 on each order, and is expected to lose money on orders for at least the next five years. [QZ]
  • For some reason school districts still think it’s fine to keep kids from eating lunch. This time it’s a district in New Jersey, which wanted to limit students with $10 in debt to tuna sandwiches, and wanted to deny students with $20 in debt any lunch at all. There was backlash. [NBC News]
  • Lord, we gave the crows high cholesterol. [National Geographic]
  • Attorney General William Barr is hosting his annual holiday party at the Trump International Hotel, which basically means he’s paying his boss to have a party. [Vanity Fair]
  • José Andrés is ready for Hurricane Dorian to hit Puerto Rico (though he hasn’t yet tweeted about the lawsuit filed against him by Hudson Yards employees).

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