Summer travel forecast calls for longer waits, fewer choices

  • Ar’Tell Young, left, and Marlena Lee, enjoy a tropical drink Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. America’s tourist destinations are facing a severe worker shortage just as they try to rebound from a devastating year lost to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

  • Workers at the Funtown amusement park plant flowers ahead of opening day, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in Saco, Maine. The park plans to operate only five days a week due to a worker shortage. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

After a year of coronavirus lockdowns, the start of summer beckons with vacation plans made possible by relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. But a severe worker shortage brings a warning for travelers: Expect delays and pack a little patience.