Hate Flying with Kids? One Airline is Offering Help with Child Care. Yes. For Real.
I remember when flying was just a mode of transportation - simply a way to get from where I lived to hopefully somewhere more awesome.
But then I had a couple kids and flying started to feel like an Ironman Triathlon. Except that there is only one sport. It's called: Walk to the front of the plane, walk back. Repeat 4,582 times until you get to your destination.
Think your life is going too fast? Spend 6 hours on a cross country flight with a baby and a toddler. Time will slow down so much, you'll question whether your watch is actually working.
I always joked that they should put a play area at the back of planes but Etihad Airways may have just come up with something better. The airline now has nannies to help take care of your fussy, exhausted, aggravating children.
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will have 500 Flying Nannies, working on long flights to help parents. This includes serving children's meals early and helping entertain "younger guests."
"Younger guests" must be a nice way to say "screaming toddler."
I think this free service sounds fantastic. I mean, wouldn't we all fly with a personal nanny if we could?! And yes, I certainly think we parents need to take responsibility for taking care of our children but at some point, we're just tapped out.
And that's when one of these ladies with an orange apron will apparently swoop in and entertain our child with tours of the plane, arts and crafts, origami and magic tricks.
I'm not exactly sure where the United Arab Emirates is - but I'm willing to fly there if it means my kids learn how to create some kick ass origami along the way.
U.S. Airlines need to jump on this idea. I am a pretty loyal Jet Blue customer because the flight attendants are pleasant and funny. And those TV screens keep my children happy. But if any U.S. airline offered a little childcare help, that would be my new favorite airline.
I hope more airlines will see an opportunity to help and support parents, instead of just shoving us to the back of the plane.