Passengers were evacuated from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport when a British man was arrested after reportedly shouting bomb threats at a check-in queue.

The line of people at Terminal 3 was evacuated for around 30 minutes as the 29-year-old man was detained by police.

Reports say that the man shouted out that he was carrying a bomb, and pictures on social media show a man lying on the floor as officers point rifles at him.

Pictures posted online appeared to show him lying on the ground in the airport Credit: Remy van Mannekes/Twitter

Muhammad Syafiee (@OperationSyaf) tweeted shortly after the incident at 8am on Friday: "Schiphol Airport on lockdown after some scare or alleged gunshots were heard. We actually ran for our lives."

A spokeswoman at the airport said: "The 29-year-old British man was arrested at around 8am.

"It was only the one check-in line that had to be evacuated for maximum half an hour - if that.

"Security control remained open as it is located further away.

"He was taken away by the police."