Seems That Tom Was Working Local With A Nervous FPL Watching Over His Shoulder.

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Seems that Tom was working local with a nervous FPL watching over his
shoulder. He had one air carrier jet just touching down and another on a mile
final, with a commuter holding short for departure release.

"I'm going to get that commuter out between those two jets," said Tom aloud.
The FPL could see that there might just *barely* enough time to make it work
if nobody screwed up. But like any good instructor, the FPL wanted to let Tom
make his own mistakes since that's the only way for a guy to learn. Still,
the FPL couldn't help but mumble in Tom's ear "if this works, Tom, it'll be a

Tom keys his transmitter. He intends to say "Commuter 123, taxi into position
and hold, be ready for immediate." What actually comes out of his mouth (in
one of the great Freudian slips of all time IMHO) is:

"Commuter 123, taxi into position and hold, be ready for a miracle."

There's a pregnant pause on frequency, and the then commuter pilot says
"Tower, I think under the circumstances we better just hold short. I don't
feel quite that lucky."