Amman, Jan 11 (Agencies): Passengers aboard a Fly Dubai airliner at Amman international airport were evacuated after a passenger who reportedly works as a co-pilot made a bomb threat, said a Jordanian security official.

"A Jordanian passenger told a flight attendant he wanted to see the captain, just as the aircraft was about to take off. When his request was refused, he claimed he had a bomb and threatened to blow the plane up," the official said.

"Police were alerted and managed to evacuate the passengers before beginning a search of the plane," he said Monday. "No explosive device was found."

"The passenger who made the bomb threat is a co-pilot who works in the United Arab Emirates.

He said he was just making a joke. He was arrested, and an investigation is now under way," the security official added.