And they’ll cost only $97 each!!
U.S. to roll out electronic passports
By DAN CATERINICCHIA, AP Business Writer
Fri Aug 11, 5:26 PM ET
WASHINGTON – Despite ongoing privacy concerns and legal disputes involving companies bidding on the project, the U.S. State Department plans to begin issuing smart chip-embedded passports to Americans as planned Monday.
Not even the foiled terror plot that heightened security checks at airports nationwide threatens to delay the rollout, the agency said. Any hitches in getting the technology to work properly could add even longer waits to travelers already facing lengthy security lines at airports.
The new U.S. passports will include a chip that contains all the data contained in the paper version – name, birthdate, gender, for example – and can be read by electronic scanners at equipped airports. The State Department says they will speed up going through customs and help enhance border security.