Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 18, 2017

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Mary Poppins made real

Even if you don’t have kids, the thought of bringing one on a long-haul flight is downright scary. There’s boredom to contend with and fatigue and plain old discomfort. If you’re considering your first faraway trip with the family, think about going somewhere with Etihad Airways. The UAE’s government-owned airline has launched an “in-flight child-care assistance program” beginning with flying nannies. Sporting orange aprons, 500 nannies will take flight by the end of this year. All will train at the UK’s Norland College — in the education biz since 1892 — in child psychology and sociology. Creative ways to keep the kids happy will be covered: arts and crafts using a kit with stickers and straws, origami, sock puppets using tubes from the guest’s own luggage and magic tricks. There’ll be quizzes for older kids and tours of the galley. etihad.com.

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