- The read rates are going to be unexpectedly low
- Maintenance costs for the readers are going to be unusually high
- There'll be a public announcement of someone having tricked a reader, shelving any staff reduction plans
- Privacy concerns will force the State Department to offer RFID-less passports as an option
- The chips themselves will prove vulnerable to things like laundry, storage in hotel safes with electronic equipment, begin driven over, and other things that passports go through. I might have unusually unlucky passports, but I don't think so.
But, why are we then buying our chips from Germans? I expect our contracting process to be somewhat corrupt, but it should definitely be buying American. Alien, Impinj, Avery Dennison and Texas Instruments, just to name some chip vendors off the top of my head, would love to get a piece of this action. Buying chips overseas totally does not keep the money on shore!
Somebody needs to read up on his Reaganomics.