A view of London City Airport. The fifth-biggest airport ser...
Shortage Of Suitable Public Bathrooms Becomes Problem In Britain
The fifth-biggest airport serving the British capital, London City was closed from about 3:00 pm (1400 GMT) to 5:15pm (1615 GMT) after a "suspect substance" was discovered in the toilets, said an airport spokeswoman.
The airport was evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Police believe that an item left by a passenger in a bin was wrongly poured away down a toilet.
"Some people had suffered coughing and skin irritation," a spokesman for London' Metropolitan Police told AFP.
"It would appear that a liquid or substance was disposed of incorrectly. There are no signs of criminality." A spokeswoman for the airport, built in the 1980s in the derelict east London docklands, told AFP that passengers were ushered back into the terminal building following the all-clear from the emergency services. She said: "It was found in the toilets. We don't know what it is or how it got there."