Smile Day at JFK + Space pillow from Air New Zealand

World Smile Day will be celebrated on Friday, October 4 and JFK International Airport’s Terminal 4 is ready to celebrate.

What’s World Smile Day? It’s a day that honors Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts who invented the smiley face in 1963.

(Although others claim to be the original Smiley Face inventor as well).

Celebrations are supposed to take the form of smiling at other people (of course) and doing kind acts for others throughout the day. 

For its kind act of kindness, JKF T4 will be inviting passengers to take smiling photos and then share those images on Instagram and Twitter.

The preferred Hashtag: #T4SMILE.

T4 will then take those photos and make photo stickers of the images. Those stickers will then be put together to form a giant wall mural near the terminal help desk in front of the DFS store.

To encourage people to smile, T4 staff will also be handing out buttons and T4-branded toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Pillows for the people

Another thing that might make you smile is getting a great pillow on a plane.

Air New Zealand is doing its part in that arena by rolling out a new pillow that uses technology originally developed for astronauts.

According to the airline, the pillow is coated with Outlast, a substance first developed for use in space gloves to protect against extreme temperature fluctuations and to keep hands cool. 

The coating absorbs heat as the skin gets hot. And, as the skin cools, the heat is released.   

The new hypoallergenic pillow is now available to Business Premier passengers traveling on the airline’s Chicago route to Auckland, the longest route in the Air New Zealand network.

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