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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.

Air New Zealand has a cool new safety video

Air New Zealand has a new in-flight safety video – Air All Blacks – which celebrates and supports the All Blacks rugby team. And, of course, shares important in-flight safety information.

Team members and staff, as well as a celebrity or two, are featured alongside crew members in the video, which takes place in the headquarters of an imaginary new airline – Air All Blacks – right when ideas for the airline’s first safety video are being discussed.    

The release of Air All Blacks marks the ten-year anniversary of the airline’s groundbreaking and unique take on safety videos.

Here are few of our favorites:

Air New Zealand’s new safety video has a beat

Air New Zealand’s newest inflight safety video is out and this one you can dance to.

Dubbed “Kiwi Safety,” the video has a cast of 600 and stars Kiwi actor Julian Dennison (Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Deadpool2), local musicians Kings, Theia and Randa, load of community groups and, of course, airline employees.

The music? “It’s Tricky” by RUN-DMC  and “In the Neighbourhood” by Sisters Underground


And because they’re just so darn fun, here are some ANZ safety videos from the past.

California’s role in aviation history? A quiz.

Here’s an aviation history quiz:

What do the first major U.S. airshow, the first and only flight of the Spruce Goose and SpaceX have in common?

Hughes H-4 Hercules (“Spruce Goose”) model. Courtesy SFO Museum


This nice timeline created by Air New Zealand lays out some notable events, people and aviation products from the Golden State.

Not in the timeline?  The first airport hotel, opened at Oakland International Airport in 1929. See my story about hotel and other at-the-airport inns in my “At the Airport” column on USA TODAY.

In the meantime, here’s ANZ’s timline of California Aviation.