Wristbands are required for solo travelers under 12 years old. // © 2016 Air New Zealand
Tech-Saavy agents should be sure to know about the latest and greatest in family travel gear
Parents of unaccompanied minors can now track their children’s flight trajectory thanks to Air New Zealand’s newest safety initiative: Airband. Beginning Feb. 3, all unaccompanied minors who fly with Air New Zealand will be required to wear wristbands embedded with a tracking chip. For the duration of the flight, wristbands are scanned several times, which triggers a text message flight update that can be sent to up to five contacts.
Airbands are mandatory for each unaccompanied minor between the ages of 5 and 11 and will be optional for passengers who are 12 to 16. Airband costs $12 per child for a one-way domestic ticket and $35 per child each way if traveling internationally. It is available for purchase at check-in.