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Are impacting this weekend's holiday travel. CBS News correspondent Wendy Gillette reports. Staff shortages have led airlines to cancel thousands of flights this summer. Add in weather problems, and you have a recipe for disaster. Problems in the air have pushed an estimated 42 million Americans to take road trips this 4th of July weekend, according to triple-A. Despite average gas prices have just under $5 a gallon, triple-A projects nearly 50 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home and increase of 3.7% over last year. Our region three local airports are reporting almost 200 delays and more than 100 cancellations so far today. Be sure to check with your airline before you leave for the airport. For those of you at the beach, you will likely see fewer lifeguards on duty. There's nothing more inviting than the Atlantic Ocean on a holiday weekend. We have the best of the best out there and we're making up for the lost gaps. Grace Sherman is among the lifeguards trying to make up for a shortage on 47 miles of sand that includes Daytona Beach. We used to have like a tower every quarter mile and sometimes we might have a tower every half mile now. And it just makes you a little bit more junky, ready to go. The volusia county beach patrol says it has about 200 lifeguards available this summer. It would normally be about 300 officials say they tried to hire more with cash bonuses, the training process is long and now they're trying to bring back former lifeguards because they're already certified. Peter king, CBS News Orlando. It's one 33. In the wake of the roe versus wade ruling, states are considering how to deal with abortion bans. Of the 26 states that already have or are set to ban or severely restrict abortion, judges and 5 have temporarily allowed abortions to continue while the lawsuits play out. In Wisconsin, abortion stopped after the state's law reverted to an 1849 ban. And in Florida, a band sent to take effect on abortions after 15 weeks, was temporarily blocked by a judge who said it violated state privacy protections. In Arkansas, a trigger law is now in effect, banning all abortions even in cases of rape or incest, unless they are mandatory to save the life of the mother. Christina rufina reporting.