Mary Poppins Ain’t the Only Nanny that Can Fly: Airline Offers Babysitters on Planes

September 4, 2013  |  

Wrangling snacks and games, consoling them as their ears pop–flying with children can definitely be tough. Not the way you want to start what’s supposed to be a relaxing vacation. Now Etihad Airlines lets parents sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride thanks to its new Flying Nanny program, reports NBC.

The Abu Dahbi-based airline will be trained at one of the UK’s most prestigious nannying schools. They’ll have toys, crafts and games for tiny travelers. The company now has 300 Flying Nannies and hopes to have a total of 500 by the end of the year.

See the terrible Flying Nanny theme song and highlights from the launch event:

If a brave woman (not a single man appears in the promo) wants to calm a hollering child down after back to back flights, she’s a hero. The program is a great one, especially during long international flights. It would mean vacation starts with takeoff, not after your wrangled a cranky one into bed once you’ve landed.

The program was announced just a week after two airlines announced they would have child-free zones so other passengers wouldn’t have to be subjected to a screaming child. Would you take advantage of one of Etihad’s Flying Nannies?

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