There are many reasons why your child might have to fly unaccompanied by a trusted adult. The most common reason is when they are visiting a parent or other relatives and friends during the school holidays.
Many adults find the prospect of navigating airports and boarding procedures nerve wracking and baulk at the prospect of a child managing it alone.
Most airlines have procedures in place to ensure unaccompanied minors are able to travel safely, however parents still need to be aware that although they have handed their child over to the airline, plans can still change – for example if the flight is delayed for an extended period, forced to return or divert. Keeping the adults waiting at the other end updated of any changes can be difficult too.
Air New Zealand can give you peace of mind with their Airband™, an innovative wrist band designed especially for children travelling alone. Every step of the travel process is sent by text to parents. Here’s how it works – when you check your child in as an unaccompanied minor to Air New Zealand, they will be given the Airband™. At each new stage of their journey ie check-in, boarding, landing and pick up, the wristband is scanned by staff and text message updates are automatically sent to up to five nominated people so parents, guardians, drop off and pick up people can all be kept up to date.
During the Christmas period alone around 16,500 children are expected to set off on travel adventures, some even on journeys as long as nearly 22 hours but Airband™ can give those waiting on the ground peace of mind.
Read more about Airband™ here