An airline is introducing a fleet of nannies to help make sure children behave during long-haul flights.
Etihad Airways hopes the nannies will keep youngsters occupied and amused while in the air as well as settling them before bed and serving their meals.
They will also provide face painting, puppets, magic tricks and origami, while for older children there are quizzes and tours of the plane.
According to the airline, the nannies will not be able to take children to the bathroom or off their parents’ hands entirely.
Etihad expects to have 500 nannies, approved by Norland, a UK nursing college in the UK, bringing order to the skies by the end of the year.
Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways’ vice president guest services, said: ‘The Flying Nanny will liaise with parents and use their experience and knowledge to make the travel experience easier.
‘This includes helping serve children’s meals early in the flight and offering activities and challenges to help entertain and occupy younger guests.’
The airline has also released tips for parents flying with young children.
It recommends giving them something to chew or suck during take-off and landing, or asking them to blow their nose to relieve ear pain caused by changes in air pressure.
It also suggests that parents try not to get too stressed as children are less likely to be calm themselves.
Talking through the sequence of events at the airport to make them feel reassured and limiting sugary treats which raise children’s energy levels are also recommended.
The introduction of nannies comes as other airlines are launching child-free zones to limit the disruption to passengers.
Scoot Airlines, the budget subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, last month brought in child-free cabins, which also have more leg room, for an extra fee.
source: metro UK