Employees of the struggling airline Air Afrique, angry at their new American boss's plans for big staff cuts, prevented him last week from flying out of the airline's home base on the Ivory Coast.
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, the crew refused to take off until their chief executive got off, airport officials told Reuters.
Three hours later, the flight finally took off - without Erickson on board.
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.
The staff wanted to agree redundancy terms before allowing Erickson to leave the country.