TRAVEL HACK #3 – Resisting Electronic Passport Chips

I met another American on my trip. I explained to her the purpose of my journey: to find a safe refuge away from civilization where I can watch from a distance as our global society collapses. I talked with her a bit about the growing surveillance grid in many countries.

Interestingly she pulled out her passport. She showed me the back where there had been some melting of the cover in the shape of the embedded electronic chip. She explained that she put her passport in a microwave oven for 10 seconds. (Just don’t over cook it). The metallic chip sparked from the microwaves. She said it was disabled. (Note: you will probably need to be at least 40-60 feet (13-20 meters) away from a microwave oven to avoid biological harm. I do not endorse the use of microwave ovens. But if you decide to use a microwave oven, I suggest running as fast as you can away from the appliance once you press start.) Other websites have suggested impact with a hammer.

She explained that it is illegal to intentionally damage your passport chip. If asked about the chip she tells border guards that her passport got wet (it did look a bit soiled). She said that you could also say that your passport was left in a car on a hot day. Or if using a hammer: “I had my passport in my coat pocket and shut the door on it…” Whatever the explanation might be, you cannot be barred entry into a country based on a broken electronic chip. Your passport works like normal with or without the chip. “The chip in the passport is just one of the many security features of the new passport. If the chip fails, the passport remains a valid travel document until its expiration date. The bearer will continue to be processed by the port-of-entry officer as if he/she had a passport without a chip.” Source: Department of State. She said she has crossed the borders of 22 countries with the “damaged” passport without problems. The broken chip can even be used to speed up moving through ports of entry by allowing you to skip long lines: read the process here. Though using the passport reading machine will expose you to radiation. The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip in the passport is a passive technology. It has no internal battery or other power source that would power a transmitter to irradiate the carrier of the passport. Instead the RFID chip responds to the chip reader machine. The machine provides the necessary energy via radiation (frequency) and the RFID chip then dumps it’s contents. Thus, it is better to skip the chip reading machines and go directly to the “I got rejected” desk to be processed. This better process for skipping the line is explained here.

The stated purpose of the chip on the Homeland Security website is to make forgery and identity theft more difficult. The digital data can be compared to the printed data on the passport.

The chip allows for automation of entry into a country. The chip is intended to reduce data entry errors by immigration personnel, making the tracking of individuals more accurate. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to deploy facial-recognition at ports of entry. The chip would match a person’s image with the bearer and his or her image stored on the chip.

There is a theoretical possibility of setting up chip detectors along roads, in cities and other key locations so that our whereabouts are logged at strategic intervals. This would be inferior to using the real time tracking of Smart Phones.

Such advancements in bio-metrics will make it more difficult to be anonymous and thus more easily controlled by the technocratic engineers of the global panopticon.

We only need to look to China’s social credit system to see where this is all going:

What’s Your Social Credit Score?

Frontline: In the Age of AI

Using a passport with a broken chip will not prevent the Corporate Government watchers from logging your entry into a country but it is a small act of resistance against further intrusion on our lives and freedom.

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