Re: And yet you want cheap tickets...
There would be some merit in you argument if it was possible to do a meaningful comparison of e.g. safety between airlines. This is often not the case.
- modern flying is incredibly safe. In most cases, statistical noise would overpower any real difference in risk.
- even if you look at "deaths per million NM during the last 25 years" (or similar), you have to filter out what is the airlines' fault from other causes. My gut feeling is the 11 Sept 2001 is quite important for that statistics in the US.
- on raw numbers, Scandinavian Airlines is way less secure than Ryanair or Easyjet, even if their last fatal accident was in 2001 and none of their fault.