WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 24:  A new British biometric European Union passport, which is embedded with a microchip, is shown during a news briefing at the British Embassy October 24, 2005 in Washington, DC. "The new British biometric passport contains features such as an enhanced security chip which will help to make international travel as safe and efficient as possible," said British Ambassador to the United States, Sir David Manning.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)