Incident causes flight delays at Almaty airport
Several flights were delayed and passengers temporarily evacuated from a terminal at Almaty International Airport after a traveler suspected of carrying a "banned substance" was apprehended.
The airport's press service said that customs officers found a jar with "a significant amount of a substance that looked like mercury" in a passenger's belongings.
The passenger, who was traveling to Tbilisi, refused to let a security officer confiscate the jar and threw it in a trash bin. The jar broke and the substance spilled, leading to the suspension of the terminal's operations and the evacuation of passengers and employees, RFE/RL reports.