Swedish airport officials say they have closed the departure lounge at Skavsta Airport and halted outgoing flights after a suspicious powder was found in a passenger's hand luggage.

Airport spokesman Joakim Lindholm says that parts of the check-in area and baggage hall of the departure terminal were evacuated, delaying at least three flights by more than two hours, while a bomb squad checked the suspect bag.

Lindholm said Sunday that arrivals were not affected.

Local media said that the suspicious powder was found in a woman's handbag at the small Skavsta Airport, 100 kilometers (60 miles) southwest of the capital, Stockholm.

No other details were immediately available.