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(CNN) -- For the first time since jet airliners took to the sky, U.S. carriers have gone two years without a single passenger fatality.
Thus, the two-year streak in 2007 and 2008 is all the more remarkable, considering that airlines ferried more than a billion passengers.
"That stellar record isn't something that came about by accident," David Castelveter, spokesman for the ATA industry group, told CNN.
"If you see a child in the airport today or tomorrow," said Barnett, "that child has a greater chance of growing up to be president than failing to reach his or her destination safely."