Etihad Airways offering an in-flight hand with the kids

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Etihad Airways offering an in-flight hand with the kids

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, said yesterday it has launched an in-flight child care program, led by the introduction of a “Flying Nanny” on long-haul flights.

Identified by a bright orange apron, the Flying Nanny will provide a “helping hand” to families and unaccompanied minors. During the past two months, 300 Etihad Airways cabin crew members have completed enhanced training for the role.

A further 60 will be trained in September, and 500 Flying Nannies will be working on Etihad Airways long-haul flights by the end of 2013, the company said.

The course includes in-depth training from world-renowned Norland College that focuses on child psychology and sociology, enabling the Flying Nannies to identify different types of behavior and developmental stages that children go through, as well as how to appreciate the perspective and needs of families who are traveling together.

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