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Why Do Secret Service Agents Continue to Wear Those Curly Earphones?

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Why Do Secret Service Agents Continue to Wear Those Curly Earphones?

  1. 1. Why Do Secret Service Agents Continue to Wear Those Curly Earphones? You’d consider that the U . s . secret service (being the American secret service and everything) would have access to an earpiece a little cooler that just the conventional ‘curly cable’ job, wouldn't you? If pushed, I've to state that I often imagine a little old fella, like Desmond Llewelyn in the Bond movies, (or even a younger example like Ben Whishaw from ‘Skyfall’) producing all the devices himself after which explaining them to the agents before they go out and guard the President’s life. This is simply not the case. They use the models that they use because 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 needing to contend with more limited bandwidth. Basically, you will need dependable tech if you’re in the field. Lives are at stake in some cases. This simple, trusted earpiece can be relied upon to accomplish the job, every time. Another advantage thatwired earpieces have over wireless ones (in this example, at the least) may be the fact that a wired set needn’t take an additional battery. Wireless earphones would need charging and, as a consequence, would possess a somewhat limited operational capacity. It just causes a whole lot more headaches for people who, let us face it, already have 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’ tech is actually rather common and is used by a number of people and businesses beyond the FBI. It is possible to even buy a wireless version, but don’t expect the FBI to be interested! I could argue another point, but that is merely a pet theory with little or no research to back it up. Psychologically speaking, when you see a secret service agent, you identify them as such without seeing them in any kind of uniform (beyond a suit, shades and an earpiece), the earpiece, then, is a subtle reminder to you, the civilian, that not merely is this not a regular person in a suit, but also that the area in which you now end up is being closely monitored. With one remark to his/her earpiece, the agent in question can probably call down many of the other agents in the direct area, also as police, fire brigade and anyone else he/she believes is necessary. That subtle reminder is probably a very potent crime deterrent. No guns need to be displayed, no helmets or flak jackets worn and yet y’know that this person has eyes everywhere and will, probably, really ruin your week. As I said, it is merely a hypothesis, but It looks like it makes sense.

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