Got my renewed passport back today–no RFID tag. Well worth the $60 extra I paid to accelerate the process.
(The government is in the process of requiring all passports to have RFID chips that will contain passport information and be machine-readable…the Dept. of State says it’s safe because it can only be read 4″ away, but various tests by independent agencies have shown that it can be read much further away. Me being naturally suspicious (we tigers are ever-dubious), I’d rather have a passport that isn’t making my personal passport information available to everyone in a 30-foot radius.)
Here’s an article on it.