Why Do FBI Agents Continue to Wear Those Curly Earphones?

You would think that the American secret service (being the American FBI and everything) would have access to an earpiece a bit cooler that just the conventional ‘curly cable’ job, wouldn't you?

If forced, We have to say that I usually imagine some old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond films, (or even a younger model like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) making many of the devices himself after which explaining them to the agents before they go out and guard the President’s life.

This is just not the case. They use the versions they use as they work plus they work well. Basically, wired models continue to be more dependable than their wireless counterparts. With wireless, you tend to have more interference, as well as having to contend with more limited bandwidth. Essentially, you need dependable tech when you’re in the field. Lives are at stake in some cases.

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

Another advantage thatwired earpieces have over wireless ones (on this instance, at the least) may be the fact that a wired set needn’t carry an additional battery. Wireless earphones would need charging and, as a result, would possess a somewhat restricted operational capacity. It just causes a lot more headaches for people who, let’s face it, previously possess a fair bit on their plates to begin 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’ technology is really rather popular and has been used by a number of people and organisations beyond the secret service. You are able to even purchase a wireless version, but do not expect the secret service to be interested!

I could argue another point, but that is just a pet theory with little or no research to back it up. Psychologically speaking, when you see a secret service agent, you recognize them as such without observing them in any kind of uniform (beyond a dinner suit, sun glasses and an earpiece), the earpiece, then, is a subtle reminder to, the civilian, that not only is this not a regular person in a suit, but also the area in which you now end up is being strictly monitored.

With one word to his/her earpiece, the agent in question can possibly call down many of the other agents within the immediate area, as well as police, fire brigade and anyone else he/she believes is essential. That subtle reminder is likely an incredibly potent 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 will, probably, actually ruin your week. As I said, it’s just a theory, but I think it makes sense.

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