Fake, Stolen and Black Market Passports

When screening airport passports, security agents perform a number of activities at the same time. While scanning over the ID on the documentation, they also monitor the crowd for anything out of the ordinary, in addition to ensuring that the line of passengers continues moving smoothly. Agents see a wide range of passengers in respect to age, gender and appearance. Many may not appear exactly as the photo on the passport.

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Electronic Passports

What is an Electronic Passport?

Travel is something that is regulated by the governments of all nations, and it’s easy to see why that is. No country wants to let criminals and other questionable individuals cross into their borders. The only way for somebody to be admitted is to show proper identification with a passport. Passports are official documents that provide the name, nationality, date of birth, and other personal details of the owner, and as of August 2007, all issued passports are of the electronic …

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Biometric Passports

With talks of increased security measures for traveling abroad, one cannot help but come across mention of “Biometric Passports” in regard to making international travel safer. With technology and security factors always changing, a biometric passport seems to be the direction that many countries are taking to ensure that the risk of identity theft is kept at a minimum, and also that security measures at departure and destination airports are non-invasive.

What is a Biometric Passport?

Commonly known as an e-Passport in Europe, a Biometric Passport looks …

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RFID Chips in Passports

Since the requirement by the U.S. Department of State in 2006, all U.S. Passports are now issued with an RFID chip. While this has caused a bit of a stir in the media, and among personal privacy organizations, the RFID chip is here to stay, and it is nowhere near as insidious as people make it out to be.

What is an RFID chip?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags are inexpensive to produce, can contain a lot of information for their size, and have become the …

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