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Airline Staff throws boss off plane

Uncle Fluffy writes: "Angry staff at struggling multinational airline Air Afrique have taken their protests to the runway, preventing their new American boss from leaving the Ivory Coast, airport officials said on Saturday.

Jeffrey Erickson, a former TWA chief appointed in January to supervise a massive restructuring to keep the airline afloat, has
become a target for staff anger over plans to halve the 4,200-strong workforce.

When Erickson boarded a Paris-bound Air Afrique plane on Thursday in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where the company is based, the
crew refused to take off until their chief executive got off, airport officials told Reuters.

The officials said he tried to leave again on Friday with another airline, but Air Afrique staff found out and blocked the runway until
he disembarked."