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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.