US RFID Passports trial (with Australia and New Zealand)

August 09, 2005

Wired reports: Airline Tests RFID on the Fly

United Airlines pilots and crew are the flying guinea pigs in a test of controversial new passports equipped with remotely readable chips.

Approximately 300 United employees stationed on international flights received the new passports in mid-June as part of a three-month, three-country test of IDs equipped with RFID chips. The chips can be read at a distance at border crossings by special readers installed for the trial.

The test is intended to see how easily Australia, New Zealand and the United States can read other's e-passports and how durable the chips are under constant use.

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