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TSA Reverses Decision on Banning Disney’s Star Wars Coca-Cola Bottles

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Star Wars fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

Two days after the Transportation Security Administration ruled that souvenir “thermal detonator” Coca-Cola bottles from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Walt Disney World were airlines/tsa-bans-star-wars-galaxys-edge-thermal-detonator-coke-bottles.html” target=”_self” rel=”nofollow noopener noreferrer”>banned from all airline bags, the agency has reversed its decision.

The TSA announced on Friday that the bottles – banned because their design resembled hand grenades and were modeled after weapons used by Star Wars’ bounty hunters and stormtroopers – can now be transported on airlines but only in checked bags, not carry-ons.

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The original decision had caused much consternation among the incredibly loyal and passionate Star Wars fans, who found themselves in a quandary. Replica explosives are not allowed on flights no matter where they are packed, but when fans brought the bottles to the airport and went through security they were forced to part with their souvenirs.

After numerous comments and complaints, the TSA softened its stance – slightly.

“The issue concerning Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge-themed soda bottles has recently been brought to our attention by the general public, as these items could reasonably be seen by some as replica hand grenades. We appreciate the concerns being raised because replica explosives are not permitted in either carry-on or checked bags,” the agency said in a statement. “We have completed our review, and instructed our officers to treat these as an oversized liquid. Because these bottles contain liquids larger than 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters), they should be put in checked baggage or emptied to be brought on as carry-on item. TSA officers will maintain the discretion to prohibit any item through the screening checkpoint if they believe it poses a security threat.”

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United Airlines Provides Free Flights to Medical Volunteers

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United Airlines has partnered with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in order to provide free roundtrip flights for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working to treat patients with coronavirus.

“Our healthcare workers are heroes, and they need reinforcements,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This generous partnership with United Airlines will ensure medical professionals from across the country can come to New York City to help us in our hour of need.”

New York has become the focal point of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., specifically in New York City, which has more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Hospital staff quickly found themselves overwhelmed due to overcrowding. Several notable landmarks have been converted into makeshift hospitals throughout the city.

United is also working with local government agencies and non-profit partners to provide New York hospitals with much-needed qualified medical professionals. The airline is closely collaborating with a network of professional medical volunteer organizations to help enlist volunteers and bring them to locations where they are needed the most.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those extraordinary times that demonstrates how we come together as a profession to provide desperately needed assistance and care,” said Society of Critical Care Medicine President, Lewis J Kaplan, M.D., FCCM.

United has joined many brands across the nation to help support front-line responders by providing them free or reduced services.

Several hotels and lodging brands are offering free or subsidized housing for medical workers and front-line responders, while local and national restaurants are providing these workers with free food or large discounts.

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