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Flying nannies to assist families

05 September 2013 09:18

The flying nannies will be on hand to help make long haul flights a more peaceful experience

The flying nannies will be on hand to help make long haul flights a more peaceful experience

A major airline has decided to give globe-trotting families a helping hand - by offering a 'flying nanny' service.

Etihad Airways has trained some of its cabin crew so they are able to help with everything from making sure young travellers have a stream of snacks to teaching them magic tricks.

In doing so, the United Arab Emirates-based company hopes to eradicate the stereotype issues relating to children on planes such as fidgeting, seat-kicking and tantrums.

All passengers on flights should therefore enjoy a more peaceful journey, even if they aren't parents.

Etihad Airways has teamed up with the prestigious nanny school Norland College to train its staff on how to deal with babies and children on board aircraft.

A total of 300 female cabin crew have already been trained by the Bath-based college in the past two months, the majority of which boast some past experience in childcare.

An additional 200 members of staff are expected to be trained by the end of the year, taking the grand total of nannies in the sky to 500.

"This demonstrates our intent to go the extra step to assist all of our customers," Etihad Airways' vice president guest services Aubrey Tiedt told MailOnline Travel.

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

The flying nannies, wearing special orange aprons, will offer help to both families and children travelling alone on long-haul flights. They will also be on hand to assist pregnant passengers, who should make sure they are covered by pregnancy travel insurance before jetting off.

Children will receive a special pack when they board, which includes materials for simple arts and crafts, while older kids will get a chance to explore the plane during 'quieter moments'.