On April 24, 1981, T. R Button, the Senior Vice President of Flight Operations for Eastern Airlines, presented a letter of termination to Karen Ulane, a pilot with an impeccable record. It read, “It is our belief that the controversial nature of the operation you have undergone will detract from and prevent any flight crew of which you are a part of from operating in the integrated, coordinated fashion that is necessary to attain the highest degree of safety.”