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Etihad Airways has introduced the concept of Flying Nanny’s for families who are traveling on long haul flights with the carrier.
The Flying Nanny will be dressed in bright orange apron and can help with the following duties:
- Begin assisting you right from the boarding gate, all the way until you and your family are comfortably seated on the plane
- Help onboard with the preparation of bassinets for babies
- Look after unaccompanied minors
- Keep children entertained while you’re enjoying a nap, in-flight meal or entertainment
1) Does Etihad Airways do anything special to assist families?
- All of our long-haul flights have a ‘Flying Nanny’ onboard, providing an extra pair of hands, whether it’s helping to get the children settled for bed, keeping them entertained during the flight, or simply offering advice and support to parents. Our Flying Nannies have attended specialist training with both Etihad and the world-renowned Norland College.
2) Can I leave my children with the Flying Nanny during the flight?
- Our ‘Flying Nanny’ is here to assist you, but cannot assume full responsibility for your child during the flight, especially as they need to be available to help other families as well. Likewise, our Flying Nannies cannot due to legalities and safety, carry out personal care routines for your infant or child, such as nappy changing or taking them to the bathroom.
3) How can I keep my children occupied on a long flight?
- We provide a host of different ways to help keep your children entertained, including a wide choice of television shows, movies, music and video games. We also provide Children’s Packs with games and activities (suitable for children aged 3 years and over) and our Flying Nanny will also have games and activities to help keep your children occupied.
Etihad’s Flying Nanny can provide a little extra help to families traveling traveling on long haul flights.
Some would argue that kids don’t belong on long haul flights anyway. But I think this service is an interesting idea for families who find themselves on long flights with little ones, especially for those who haven’t done it before.