The Funniest Thing Just Struck Me

While answering another post, something struck me. A realization of something we all do without even thinking about it.  It begins before we even get on board, and it has to do with the spread of the dread, Norovirus.

Question : how many of us bring & use our own pen when we do our pre boarding paperwork ?  You know, the forms we fill out in the terminal.  I would guess, most just take the pen that is proffered us on line or at the counter. But think about it. How many people in the terminal are coughing, wheezing, sneezing, etc ?  What are the odds they used the same pen?  Are you skeeved yet ?   We might be spreading Noro before we even get ON the ship.

My advice...bring a container of Purel, and your own pen.   Neither weighs much. It might mean the difference between enjoying the entire cruise ship, or just your cabin.




btw, we use our own pen. Not because we ever thought of this before, but we keep one handy, and we prefer fountain pens.

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Definitely something I have never thought of. Usually, though, my wife has a pen handy. I get kinda grossed out using public pens anyway.

It is a good thought but.... If a pen is a worry. What about the door handles? The counter itself. The basket for putting your carryons for x-ray? Everything else you would touch and will touch?

I couldn't resist after the fountain pen comment.

I couldn't resist after the fountain pen comment.

Very good points!!! I had not thoughts about the use of the pens to be honest, but I do have a bottle of hand sanitizer attached to the outside of my purse all the time. It comes in handy for my personal use and I share it with my family members. I am not a germ-a-fob but there are just many times when you go "ewwwww"! Nervous

We board wearing Tyvek suits

Don't forget about airbourne gems. Best take a respirator.

I always pack a pen with all my travel docs in my carry on bag.

I always keep a few pens in my purse and use my own.

I always have pens of my own to use, not because I'm concerned about germs, but I always have a couple of pens in my purse. I also carry a travel size Purell and wet wipes.


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