Phil was the air traffic controller who gave clearance for Global Skies AirlinesFlight 117 to take off from Reagan National at 8:10am. Shortly later, he and the other controllers Gus and Todd, responded with confusion when there was a change in their computer systems. Their supervisor, Sid Paulson, reported the problem and was put into contact with Larry Moss of the FBI. Phil and the others relayed to Paulson when they were locked out of their systems (by Tony Almeida). Then the whole air traffic control facility watched in shock as Almeida orchestrated a near-collision between two passenger jets. After the demonstration, they were given control of their systems again.