The Flying Nanny

A key on-board highlight is set to be the creation of sock puppets which uses stickers from the Flying Nanny kit as eyes and the socks from the guest’s travel pack.

In addition to the arts and crafts, the Flying Nannies can also teach children simple magic tricks which helps retain their focus and interest while seated.

For older children, the Flying Nanny is equipped with simple quizzes and challenges to keep them occupied as well as taking them on tours of the galley during quieter moments of the flight.

Towards the end of the flight the Flying Nanny will help parents by replenishing milk bottles, and offering items such as water, fruit and other snacks especially if the family is transiting to another flight.

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is training hundreds of “flying nannies” to entertain children on long flights and generally be around as a “helping hand” for families. The nannies are receiving course training from Norland College in the U.K., which has been providing childcare training since 1892. No word yet on what kind of umbrellas the nannies use to fly. [via]

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