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Modular sleep boxes, functioning like portable hotels, are popping up this summer at various festivals in the UK. Attendees looking to forgo rustic camping can rent out the cubes, which include a double and single bed, bathroom and flatscreen television. [Condé Nast Traveller]

There’s new hope for fliers frustrated by airline customer service. A new US consumer protection committee will report directly to the Secretary of Transportation with evaluations and recommendations. Airlines and airports also will be represented on the four-seat committee. [USA Today]

For those who want to keep up their exercise routines while on the road, a few websites make it easy to locate fitness classes when away from home. [ABC]

Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead

The old-fashioned travel agent is not obsolete after all, it seems. Read on to find out why more people are turning back to booking with travel agents and what that might mean. [Time]

According to a recent column by the CEO of Orbitz Worldwide, travellers who book a hotel on a Mac or iPad are more likely to be scheduling a five-star stay than the person reserving from a PC. [USA Today]

Turbulence
Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

The CIA foiled another underwear bomb plot. An operation in Yemen uncovered a device, similar to the one used in an attempt back in 2009, which would not have set off metal detectors. [The Economist]

Hotels.com established its equivalent of the Big Mac Index and ranked the most expensive cities for travellers based on the price of a club sandwich. Number one? Paris, where a five-star egg, chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayo combination goes for a whopping $54. [CNNGo]

Cancelled
It’s a no-go

It turns out the UK Border Agency recently doled out £3.5m in bonuses, despite the lengthy immigration delays as of late. The Labour MP criticized the action, saying it was rewarding failure. [BBC]

JetBlue employees pulled a toddler off a flight, saying the little girl was on the no-fly list. The child’s parents said the Transportation Security Administration and JetBlue humiliated them after taking them off the plane. [CBS]

Southwest Airlines told a woman not once, but twice, that she was too fat to fly, and she is now suing. The woman, who has flown other lines without issue, said the airline’s treatment was discriminatory and unpredictable. [MSNBC]

A Russian plane disappeared off the radar mid-flight in Indonesia this week. [CNN] The following day the wreckage was found on the side of a mountain, with no signs of survivors. [The New York Times]

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