We all love to travel, but when you have a baby or young children, taking a trip can be akin to torture. One of the most challenging parts of any trek is air travel, but one airline is taking a big step in helping out flying families with their very own in-flight nanny service.
Etihad Airways — the national airline of the United Arab Emirates — is offering trained nannies on their long flights. And you may, as I did, jump to the conclusion that this would be a service reserved for those shelling out for first class, but this service is for all classes of service … AND it’s complimentary.
“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,” said Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways’ vice president of guest services.
So far, the airline has trained 300 of their crew members and is continuing the training, so by the end of the year, they will have 500 trained “Flying Nannies.” The nannies are being trained in child psychology and sociology from Norland College in England and will give the kids special children’s menus, keep them busy with crafts such as making sock puppets and creating greeting cards, and they’ll also teach the kids magic tricks.
This is a really amazing offering, one that adds a great value to a flight and one that will, no doubt, make traveling with children far less stressful. One wonders if and when an airline here in the states will ever make that kind of commitment to guest services for their littlest flyers. Would you choose one airline over another if one offered a service like this?
Photo Source: Etihad Airlines