Despite the fact that RFID chips are not secure and can be read by hackers, any U.S. Passport issued after Jan 1 will contain an RFID chip. If you’d like to risk 25 years in prison for tampering with it, Wired has a primer on how to disable the chip and protect yourself from ID theft.
The basic idea? Don’t try washing it or microwaving it. Hit the chip with a hammer. —MEGHANN MARCO