US sees record air travel for Mother’s Day weekend

Officials are concerned that large gatherings will continue to spread COVID-19 with the rise of air travel.
2:20 | 05/09/21

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pandemic now, and new concerns about people getting together in large gatherings and spreading the virus. Today's worry of course is mother's day. ABC's zohreen shah is at the airport in Los Angeles where we're seeing a big spike in air travel this weekend. Good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Dan. As more Americans get vaccinated, more are flying. TSA's top official telling me they are shattering pandemic records. He says they are returning to a sense of normalcy. This weekend, a single-day pandemic air travel record. Airports like Atlanta's hartsfield-jackson slammed with long TSA lines. I took my bag in. There was a line way around the corner. Reporter: 1.7 million travelers passing TSA Friday compared to 200,000 this time last year. Here at L.A.X., some kids flying just to surprise mom. So glad you came. Love you. I could have come back later, but I wanted to be back for mother's day. Reporter: As fliers return, acting TSA administrators saying they are significantly ramping up staff. Between now and the fourth of July, we expect several hundred thousand more. It's shaping up to be a very busy summer. Reporter: As the traveling boom continues, airport vaccine clinics expanding. Miami and Atlanta Monday offering the vaccine. Now the focus turning to young people. The fda expected to announce this week whether 12 to 15-year-olds can get pfizer's vaccine. States nationwide preparing for the rollout. In Florida, Orange and osceola counties planning vaccination sites at their schools and Texas health officials urging pediatricians to be prepared. Parents and providers alike are really making sure that everyone who needs to be vaccinated is able to, and we start vaccinating as soon as possible. Reporter: This father eagerly waiting for his two teens to get the vaccine. They want to get back to a sense of normalcy. They want to engage with their friends, you know, with much more freedom. They want to participate in events. Reporter: Now all of this coming as states are turning down thousands of vaccine doses, as demand plummets. Experts fearing that the places where the vaccinations are being turned down, that there could be an outbreak as variants spread. Eva? Zohreen shah for us there, Overseas now to India where

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