Would You Hire a Flying Nanny?

Our seven-hour flight from Newark to Dusseldorf was rough. We did everything right. We were stocked with snacks, we had an entire four seats to ourselves and a bassinet, we had new toys, and iPad and individual TV screens. But alas, Beck slept for a total of 45 minutes and cried more than that. When we arrived exhausted, I told Ryan that I had a new business idea — a nanny you could hire just to fly with your child on long flights. Then, shortly after we got home I read this article about an airline offering just that.


Etihad Airways plans to hire 500 flying nannies who will use their experience and knowledge to make travel with kids easier. They will help serve the children meals and offer activities to entertain and occupy. As far as I can tell, it doesn’t look like there’s an additional charge for the service. Just a flight attendant specifically for kids. Pretty sweet, right? You can read more right here.

If you aren’t planning on flying on that airline soon, there is also a U.S.-based company called Nanny in the Clouds that helps connect parents with a nanny who is for hire just to fly with you and your children.

So what about you, do you think flying nannies are a great idea? Or completely unnecessary?

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