Auros (auros) wrote,
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Word to the wise, re: passports.

If you think you might need one at all in the next few years? Go get it soon. Starting in the spring, they're going to be installing smartchips in them which include biometric data to be matched against your face -- the theory is that this makes it harder for somebody who steals it to use it for ID theft. Only problem is, the current state of the tech is known to have a high error rate. So you could just have the bad luck to have a machine say that you don't match your data, and get hauled off by the nice TSA agents. Details.

I should check the expiration on my passport when I get home... I believe I got a new one a few months before going to Oz in Dec '02, but I don't remember how long it's good for...
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