Dunno about you, but there's lots of magnets and high voltage electrics round where I work. I'm not amazing confident and RFID card would survive.
oops, here's me with this degauss gun...oh dear, it went off. Heyho..
They'd certainly need to be more robust than the smart cards we rolled - the students enjoyed crushing the embedded chip and gouging the ID photo off the cards...
why do we need this crap, cave men managed with out them
To fight terrorism, obviously.
have you seen Zeitgeist