"I'm kidding, Delta 630. After you land, I've got no one behind you. Expect to exit right".
At that point, however, the pilot had already canceled landing and taken the plane back up in the air.
“You sent us around”, the annoyed pilot said to the controller, according to Fox News. “Delta 630 is on the go".
The plane then circled the airport and landed safely on its second approach without further incident. But the FAA has launched an investigation into the bad joke (if you can even really call it that) according to a statement, though it does not believe the plane or its passengers were ever in any danger.
This air traffic controller shouldn't give up his day job. But now there's a decent chance he'll have to.
Ryan Craggs is Thrillist's Travel Editor. If it weren't for bad jokes, he wouldn't have any jokes at all. Follow him @ryanrcraggs.