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succinctsi059   , 28

from Seattle


Why Do Secret Service Agents Still Wear Those Curly Earpieces?

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

If pushed, We have to state that I usually imagine some old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond films, (and even a younger example like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) making all the devices himself after which explaining them to the agents before they go out and protector the President’s life.

This is just not the case. They use the versions 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 get more interference, as well as having to deal with more restricted bandwidth. Essentially, you need dependable tech when you’re within the field. Lives are at stake in some cases.

This straightforward, trusted earpiece might be relied upon to do the job, every time.

Another advantage that wired earpieces have over wireless ones (on this example, at least) may be the proven fact that a wired set needn’t carry an additional battery. Wireless earpieces would need charging and, as a consequence, would possess a somewhat limited operational capability. It just causes a whole lot more headaches for individuals who, let us face it, previously possess a fair bit on their plates to begin with.

According to ‘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’ technology is generally rather popular and has been utilized by a number of people and organisations beyond the secret service. It is possible to even buy a wireless version, but don’t expect the FBI to be involved!

I could contend another point, but that is just a pet theory with little or no research to back it up. Psychologically speaking, when y’see a FBI agent, you identify them as such without seeing them in any kind of uniform (beyond a dinner suit, sun glasses and an earpiece), the earpiece, then, is really a subtle reminder to you, the civilian, that not merely is this not a regular person inside a suit, but additionally that the area in which you now end up is being strictly monitored.

With one word to his/her earpiece, the agent in question can probably call down all the other agents within the direct area, also as police, fire brigade and anybody else he/she believes is necessary. That subtle reminder is likely an extremely potent crime deterrent. No guns need to be displayed, no helmets or flak jackets worn and yet you know that this person has eyes all over the place and will, potentially, actually ruin your week. As I said, it’s merely a theory, but I think it makes sense.