Scenario: You are approaching the airport from the NW. Tower instructs you “direct to the numbers, cleared to land runway 9L”. Did the airplane in this video comply with ATC instructions?
Direct to the numbers means to point your aircraft towards the runway threshold, not to join the final. The aircraft in this video flew direct to the threshold of 9L, thereby, complying with tower’s instructions. ATC uses this approach and landing procedure to expedite arrivals.