On the Spot: Airfares stay sky high despite oil price drops

Question: I'm frustrated that airfares have not followed the decline in oil prices over the last few months. Airfares certainly followed oil prices as they rose last year. Have mergers eliminated competitive tension between the remaining carriers to the detriment of consumers? Tom Cook Topeka, Kan. Answer: In the L.A. area, we're paying about $1.11 less for a gallon of gas at the pumps than we were last year at the same time, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge report. When I'm filling the car, I'm tempted to shake my fist and say, "C'mon, airlines, you big bunch of …." You can fill in that last part. Cursing those culprits might temporarily...