I was talking to a friend this weekend and was telling him of my upcoming trip on NW. My friend, being an aficionado of statistics, said that airlines going through bankruptcy proceedings are safer to fly because there are more stringent controls on maintenance and such.
Is this true? I find it hard to believe that the are two different standards of safety. Is there more technical oversight? What gives, or was my friend merely coming to a conclusion without merit?
I honestly don't feel any less safe whether they are going bankrupt or not.