In-Flight Nanny Service Is a Traveling Parent's Dream Come True

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Mary Poppins might have flown in on an umbrella, but Flying Nannies just became a real thing. Oh yes, Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, got together with UK-based nanny school Norland College to launch their Flying Nanny service.

Three hundred crewmembers have spent the last two months being trained at Norland and educated in child psychology and sociology. Special skills may include performing magic tricks and finding only perfectly unbroken crackers for a happy snack time.

Ok, I made that part about the crackers up, but the magic trick part is totally true. The orange apron-clad Flying Nannies will also do arts and crafts with the kiddies, and help with other tasks like refilling milk bottles and providing snacks. So maybe I wasn’t that far off about the crackers after all.

Aubrey Tiedt, the airline’s vice president of guest services, said in a statement:

Flying with a young family can be a daunting task, even for the most experienced travelers, and the Flying Nanny role demonstrates our understanding of our guests' needs and our commitment to making the journey as relaxing and comfortable as possible.

It’s genius. Air travel is a nightmare these days, and while we love our kids, and love sharing our destinations with them, getting them there isn’t always so fun. Now you can just sign them up for in-flight childcare! Can this please become a thing in the United States?

Would you use the Flying Nanny service?

 

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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I wouldn't. How hard is it to take care of your kid when they're strapped down right next to you? I've flown with little ones many times, most recently with my seven year old and seven month old transatlantic, and it's really not difficult.

danie... danielleapril

A seven yr old and a baby wouldnt be a reason for the nanny service, but for moms like me with 3 under age 5, a bit of assistance entertaing children for long flights would be awesome.

youth... youthfulsoul

I like this idea and most kids tend to be more well behaved when its not mom or dad caring for them. At least the nanny can preoccupy them with coloring or games, etc.

Susan Delly

Wow... I'm a traveler but only have 1 child, who took @20 flights alone with me before he was 2-years old.  I can't imagine spending money on a service like this while there are still kids starving in other parts of the world.  


Maybe if I had a lot of kids I'd need help... which is exactly why I only had 1.  Daddy doesn't like to travel and I want to show my son the world.

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