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elijah1966418   , 44

from Nashville


Why Do Secret Service Agents Still Wear Those Curly Earpieces?

You’d consider that the American secret service (being the United states secret service and all) would have access to an earpiece a bit cooler that just the standard ‘curly cable’ job, wouldn't you?

If forced, I have to state that I tend to imagine some old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond films, (or maybe a younger model like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) producing many of the devices himself and then explaining them to the agents before they go out and protector the President’s life.

This is simply not the case. They use the models they use because they work plus they work well. Fundamentally, wired models continue to be more dependable than their wireless counterparts. With wireless, you tend to have more interference, as well as having to deal with more limited bandwidth. Essentially, you need reliable tech if you’re in the field. Lives are at stake in a number of cases.

This simple, trusted earpiece can be relied upon to accomplish the job, every time.

Another advantage that wired earpieces have over wireless ones (in this instance, at the least) is the fact that a wired set needn’t carry an extra battery. Wireless earpieces would need charging and, as a consequence, would possess a somewhat restricted operational capacity. It just causes a whole lot more headaches for individuals who, let us face it, already have a fair bit on their plates to start with.

Reported by ‘AskJeeves.com

“The ear piece and mic that the secret service uses is called a Throat Mic. The Throat Mic has clarity that is unsurpassed, great sound quality, and allows for discreet interaction. It also has an acoustic air tube that makes it comfortable when worn for long periods of time”.

The ‘curly earpiece’ tech is really rather popular and is utilized by a number of individuals and businesses beyond the FBI. You can even purchase a wireless version, but don’t expect the FBI to be interested!

I could argue another point, but this is just a pet theory with very little research to back it up. Psychologically speaking, when y’see a FBI agent, you recognize them as such without seeing them in any kind of uniform (beyond a dinner suit, sun glasses and an earpiece), the headset, then, is a subtle reminder to you, the civilian, that not only is this not a regular person inside a suit, but additionally that the area where you now find yourself is being strictly monitored.

With one word to his/her earpiece, the agent in question can probably call down all the other agents in the immediate area, as well as police, fire brigade and anyone else he/she believes is necessary. That subtle reminder is probably an incredibly powerful crime deterrent. No guns need to be displayed, no helmets or flak jackets worn and yet y’know that this person has eyes all over the place and could, potentially, actually ruin your week. As I said, it is just a theory, but I think it makes sense.