Why PILOTS CAN´T wear POLARIZED sunglasses? Explain by CAPTAIN JOE

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    Dear friends and followers, welcome back to my channel, today´s video is a follow-up video to my recent topic, what´s in a pilots bag, I mentioned you shouldn´t buy polarized sunglasses as a pilot, and today I´ll be showing why!
    Now before we talk about a normal set of sunglasses and a pair of polarized ones and how they affect your vision we quickly need to discuss unpolarized and polarized light waves.
    The light emitting from the sun releases light particles, better known as Photons. These photons vibrate up and down, or side to side creating a bundle of light waves flying towards planet earth.
    Which means that the light provided by the sun flys in horizontal or vertical waves, therefore making the light waves unpolarized.
    But, the sunlight can untangle itself pretty easily. Those light particles just have to strike something, like a lake or in our case clouds, and they'll start vibrating in the same direction.
    Meaning all the photons start oscillating in the direction that's perpendicular to that surface. So, the light particles that bounce off a horizontal surface will then begin oscillating vertically.
    Meaning the reflected particles suddenly have fallen into sync reflecting as polarized light.
    Which brings us back to our polarized sunglasses. I admit the name was not well chosen, they should have called them "sunglasses with vertical or horizontal bars", which are able to block polarized light.
    So let´s say the sun light which gets reflected off a cloud, is coming vertically towards you, giving you that nasty glare. Now if you put on your polarized sunglasses with "horizontal bars" in them, they will block the vertical light waves and reduce the glare.
    Now you´ll think that´s great, cause pilots see sunlight reflecting clouds most of their time, so why can´t they wear polarized sunglasses? Here comes the problem!
    Watch the rest of the video to learn more about polarized sunglasses influence your vision in a modern airliner cockpit!
    Thanks for watching, all the best your "Captain" Joe
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  • GVike
    GVike 2 days ago


  • Gohar Sheikh
    Gohar Sheikh 3 days ago

    Thankyou Capt Joe Thats Great Video

  • xc5647321 xc5647321
    xc5647321 xc5647321 6 days ago

    Because too many pilots would then see the flat Earth and come forward about it. (just kidding, I am poking fun at those FE idiots)

  • Tak Builds
    Tak Builds 6 days ago

    So this explains why some dials in my 5 series are barely visible when I wear my sunglasses! ☺😄

    • Sean Wright
      Sean Wright 6 days ago

      and your comment explains a whole lot more

  • Domenico Modugno
    Domenico Modugno 7 days ago

    Where are italian subtitels ?

  • Arturo Javier Valls
    Arturo Javier Valls 8 days ago

    Great explanation, I was recently asked about this problem, and I sent them to your link. A greeting and thank you very much.

  • John Rambo
    John Rambo 9 days ago

    Commercial bitch...
    ...was so nice

  • Just.Observer
    Just.Observer 13 days ago

    You've just gained a subscriber! Only because you like House music🕶

  • U F
    U F 14 days ago

    Hey DJ Capitan...😀 Love to listen to your mix 🎶

  • Javier Murcia
    Javier Murcia 14 days ago

    Plane windows aren't polarized, at least the one in your video isn't. If the window was polarized they would behave exactly the same way as the screen, they would become opaque when your glasses are perpendicular to their polarization angle, and transparent when aligned.
    These colorful hazy rainbows you see in the window is stress, or internal tension (as you said caused by its construction method), which manifest itself as different colors depending on the tension, when lit with polarized light.
    Try to illuminate any clear plastic, with the light of almos any monitor, and you will se the same effect.

  • CarinaHarumi
    CarinaHarumi 18 days ago

    TVclip video tells me not to wear polatized glasses if flying a plane, Google Ads shows me a bunch of polarized glasses for sale.

  • Lincoln Osiris
    Lincoln Osiris 19 days ago

    i dont know if its different in airliners but im flying in a G1000 glass cockpit and having no problems with polarized sunglasses

  • Victor
    Victor 19 days ago

    Nice video man!

  • zero2zero4
    zero2zero4 20 days ago

    you can try this simply by wearing one and rotate your phone

  • AimPoint
    AimPoint 23 days ago

    Do they make Maui Jim sunglasses that are not polarized?

  • Meesie Gamer
    Meesie Gamer 24 days ago

    I like you/(your) channel im going to be a (Co) pilot soon

  • Mitchell Jack
    Mitchell Jack 24 days ago

    Just wear them you coward

  • Sander Wåge
    Sander Wåge 25 days ago

    Captain Joe DJ and a Pilot 😮 amazing

  • Ben Green
    Ben Green 26 days ago

    I'm a Boeing 747 and I find this extremely offensive

  • Rob 351
    Rob 351 27 days ago

    Very informative 👍

  • Donnie Darko
    Donnie Darko 28 days ago

    Cant see the instruments. Just saved you time from watching this stupid video made by an auto pilot. F-15 driver. You're welcome.

  • Carlos Botero
    Carlos Botero 29 days ago

    Good evening Captain Joe. First I would like to say your videos are great, super informative. And second, would you please recommend me a great pair of aviator glasses? I am about to start my flying school and would love to have great sunglasses for the flying classes. Thank you much.
    Carlos Botero

    • A2DJP
      A2DJP 22 days ago

      Carlos Botero ray bans. Its cliche but it works

  • Honey Sheen
    Honey Sheen Month ago

    Lmao 😂I read the title so wrong "why cant 21 pilots wear Polarized sunglass ?!

  • hansy3
    hansy3 Month ago

    I’d prefer a more technical explanation of the system used to block polarized light rays that are used in sunglasses.
    I was also under the impression that aircraft windows were generally ‘polarized’ already, eliminating the need for ‘polarized’ sunglasses. Also, isn’t it actually illegal for flight crew to wear polarized eyewear? You make it sound like more of a casual recommendation!! Thanks for the vids, I do enjoy them!

    • Sean Wright
      Sean Wright 6 days ago

      Did you read anything above? or just jump straight to uniformed commentary?

  • Salman Alqahtani
    Salman Alqahtani Month ago

    I want his seed in me

  • Pissy Soles
    Pissy Soles Month ago

    Glasses you say .com

  • Ray Harkins
    Ray Harkins Month ago

    Great explanation Joe.

  • Paul LostRubys
    Paul LostRubys Month ago

    Marry me.

  • Jane Carott
    Jane Carott Month ago

    Nobody there for *pilots* and *polarize* in one video title?

  • Airbus Fan
    Airbus Fan Month ago

    I usually love your videos, but your explanation what polarized light is - well, it is simply wrong. If you want to talk about polarization, you have to stick to the wave picture, thus no photons at all! So polarized light is light which's electromagnetic waves are polarized, which means that the electric field (thus the magnetic field as well) has a constant single direction (or which's direction periodically rotates in circular polarized light) instead of a mix of everything. If you want to talk about photons, you cannot talk about electric field components. For most problems there is a single picture that you should stick to. If it is about polarization, stick to the wave picture. If it is about the photo effect, stick to the particle picture. If you really want to combine both pictures, you must dive into quantum field theory - but that stuff is really complicated. Please do not imagine electromagnetic waves as photons flying curves! Basically in Physics the path of light (thus photons) is the definition of "straight". If you need a visual picture of the combination of the wave and the particle picture regarding light, you can imagine a photon as a small wave package carrying the Energy h*f with h=Planck constant and f the frequency of the wave. For the explanation of polarization, the wave picture is absolutely enough - nobody needs photons to explain polarization.

  • Delish Melish
    Delish Melish Month ago

    This is a science lesson as well O_O

  • AimPoint
    AimPoint Month ago

    Who thinks that last pair of glasses he put on looks ridiculous?

  • Thomas Prosser
    Thomas Prosser Month ago

    You are mixing up photons with electromagnetic radiation. In fact, you don't need particle physics to explain polarization. If you'd just stuck to light waves, it would be more correct. If you bring photons into the picture, you would have to explain how light is produced by excitations of a quantum field. Just leave away the photons and save yourself some troubles :-)

    PIONEER Month ago

    I thought it was because you would not be able to see the birds.

  • Foothills NZ Taka
    Foothills NZ Taka Month ago

    So how do you protect your eyes from harmful UV rays ?

  • HoboGotCash
    HoboGotCash Month ago

    Video starts at 0:38

  • Akshaj Murhekar
    Akshaj Murhekar Month ago

    Advises not to buy polarised sunglasses.
    Sponsored by polarised glasses.

  • Johnathon Reyes
    Johnathon Reyes Month ago

    Amazing. Blew my mind to see the screen go black.

  • Tyrone Walker
    Tyrone Walker Month ago

    This explains why certain things look strange the my sunglasses . Though I'm not a pilot, this was most edcational!

  • ant d
    ant d Month ago

    great video. I want to be a bush pilot one day.

  • Andy Harris Golf
    Andy Harris Golf Month ago

    Just recently found your channel Joe. Awesome content!

  • behinderteleberwurst
    behinderteleberwurst 2 months ago

    Your sunglasses are polarized at 45° (all polarized sunglasses are, generally). Hence why you can't see anything on the screens when tilting them 45° to the right, because the polarization of the screens is at 90° angles.

  • A. Rudy
    A. Rudy 2 months ago

    Jesus christ on a380....y wld u dislike this vid..gd tips capt joe

  • omar mohammed
    omar mohammed 2 months ago

    Best explanation ever heard regarding this topic

  • John Skiggs
    John Skiggs 2 months ago

    In the 1960s and 70s' they did wear polaroids, (but no glass displays) clearly much has changed. Great Helpful Vid' Thanks Capt' Joe :)

  • Rayid Av
    Rayid Av 2 months ago

    Please consider making a video about the life of a cargo pilot like who serves you , how do you spent time, how is like to be all alone over 35000 ft just two people

  • sweet candy
    sweet candy 2 months ago


  • Robert Autry
    Robert Autry 2 months ago

    You can’t read the cockpit instrument panel with polarize sunglasses

  • Meshageria Bezabih
    Meshageria Bezabih 2 months ago

    hello Mr joe '
    I am prospective trainee pilot in civil aviation looking for materials that are supplementary to my progress as student.Below is my email adress: meshu725@gmail.com. thanks

  • vinit lawande
    vinit lawande 2 months ago

    Hello Captain Joe.
    I had a question Why do Pilots where white colour shirt worldwide?. Is there some reason?

  • n0ckter
    n0ckter 2 months ago

    $60,000 IFR panel, but still no one can spare a few bucks for plasma displays.

  • jlastre
    jlastre 2 months ago

    Anyone who wears polarized glasses and has a smartphone knows this

  • Michel Gabriel Ramirez Fournier

    Cap...what about the classic combat pilot glasses? I mnean like the classic model top-gun??? It's like a cliché of all Pilot movies ir are truly useful?...

  • MrAmerican
    MrAmerican 2 months ago

    Polarized windshield

  • Carol Levine
    Carol Levine 2 months ago

    I have been watching your videos. Your videos are awesome. Very talented young man

  • Wyndham Coffman
    Wyndham Coffman 2 months ago

    (Cringe) light isn't a wave made of photons. Photons are the smallest packet of energy that can be seen as a wave of a particular amplitude and frequency, or a single positive/negative cycle; which acts like a particle when measured. On this scale it's best describe as a electromagnetic wave, and the polarization referring to the direction of the electric field. (the magnetic field being perpendicular to the electric field, do to the right hand rule)

  • feroz007ful
    feroz007ful 2 months ago

    in a video I saw, USA provides largest air navigation out side of its territory, or similar kind of things! Could you please tell me was was the actual thing it was? I can not remember the whole thing, neither I can found where did I see that! just I need to know what would be the actual information and its really urgent. Thanks in advance.

  • NEW OctanGaming234
    NEW OctanGaming234 2 months ago

    You deserve 1m subs rly

  • Fortnite Stuff
    Fortnite Stuff 2 months ago +5

    then i saw an ad in the top right corner for polarized sunglasses...

    Come on TVclip!

  • Finn Johnson
    Finn Johnson 3 months ago

    I’ve always wondered about that phenomenon when wearing sunglasses. Thanks

  • Lukas Polig
    Lukas Polig 3 months ago

    Where are you comming from?

  • Meganeura*
    Meganeura* 3 months ago

    Just what i thought!

  • Abdul Basit
    Abdul Basit 3 months ago

    Joe your videos really help and video help me to learn a lot. Thank you.

  • Sasuke Uchiha
    Sasuke Uchiha 3 months ago

    had no idea ...

  • Nasty Rasty
    Nasty Rasty 3 months ago

    Is this related to physics???

  • Roger Key
    Roger Key 3 months ago

    Basic idea is right, however the directions are backwards. Reflected light comes to your eyes as horizontally polarized. www.physicsclassroom.com/class/light/Lesson-1/Polarization

  • Tim Simulations
    Tim Simulations 3 months ago

    Hi, Captain Joe, this is Timothy Karsten. Can pilots wear polarized glasses for general stuff, for example wearing it while you are driving?

  • shanedude120
    shanedude120 3 months ago

    This is so fucking true. I cannot read view my mobile phone screen on the car dash when it's horizontal . I was like wtf !

  • Pavel Drotár
    Pavel Drotár 3 months ago

    I especially appreciate the actual demonstration of the effect. Cool!

  • Kt Fly
    Kt Fly 3 months ago

    They should only wear ND -50.

  • Shahiq Imtiaz
    Shahiq Imtiaz 3 months ago

    Very well explained. 👍

  • Mas Rifqi
    Mas Rifqi 3 months ago

    So why there is polarized sunglasses? What is their function really? Why not every shades uses unpolarized one?

  • Phil Chia
    Phil Chia 3 months ago

    FAA should just allow all new displays with OLEDs. Superior in every way.

  • huzail khan
    huzail khan 3 months ago

    lovely smiling

  • Arya S
    Arya S 3 months ago

    Hez right guys... Happened today... My Mfd screen in d aircraft looked like rainbow... Luckily i had non polaroid glasses too... saved d day

  • TheTimeTraveler2025
    TheTimeTraveler2025 3 months ago

    Captain Joe is a first officer... 😀

    ANGI SC 3 months ago


  • Nick C
    Nick C 3 months ago

    Capt Joe, you are so smart.

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    Jiacke Ella 3 months ago

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  • Dhahlearn rixa
    Dhahlearn rixa 4 months ago

    Captain Joe is now a physics teacher😎 #unpolorised

  • Amaury Jacquot
    Amaury Jacquot 4 months ago

    do they plan on replacing those LCDs with OLED screens at some point ? (that would fix the issue)

  • Vara
    Vara 4 months ago

    Alternatively, go ahead guys and break your eyes for the lousy pay you get these days !!!! Also, do NEVER EVER forget, especially you JAA/EASA pilots sitting in A321s with 150 hrs Cessna and Seneca experience, ALWAYS FLY THE BOOK FIRST, then the plane !!! Which is what EASA/JAA basically wants. Be safe !

  • Eric Norcross Official
    Eric Norcross Official 4 months ago

    *touch and go* at instagram - very clever.

  • BadDinosaur65
    BadDinosaur65 4 months ago

    Anyone else hear music from Mass Effect? It starts when the photon illustration comes up.

  • Raj D
    Raj D 4 months ago

    Why they Don't they use AMOLED screen s in place of lcd displays...

  • datsuntoyy
    datsuntoyy 4 months ago

    That explains a lot. I can't see my phone when I have my sunglasses on. Also, some tempered windows show up full of "spots" with polarized sun glasses making it hard to see through.

  • Bimal Poovadan
    Bimal Poovadan 4 months ago

    How can i ask a question to Captain Joe ?

  • Mohammed Azeem
    Mohammed Azeem 4 months ago +2


  • James Dean
    James Dean 4 months ago

    First pair of polarized prescription glasses I had screwed me up big time at Atlanta. All the information screens were pitch black. My regular glasses were packed away.

  • Reinhard Welsing
    Reinhard Welsing 4 months ago

    See this recent video please... tvclip.biz/video/KU2Y8kkERRg/video.html

  • Andrew Ward
    Andrew Ward 4 months ago

    Same as your mobile phone and your heads up display on your car, polarised glasses make these expensive devices USELESS, Beware.....

  • HansDelbruck53
    HansDelbruck53 4 months ago

    Did he say "pre-pendicular", rather than perpendicular?
    In any case, this answer was much too long.

  • Garage Groen
    Garage Groen 4 months ago

    Great video, Captain Joe👍Nevher now, that you sometime DJ☺

  • Sebastian Ruiz
    Sebastian Ruiz 4 months ago

    Transition lenses work as polarized lenses? Cuz i have glasses and i'm a student pilot, any advises of what I can do?

  • Robert Sparkes
    Robert Sparkes 4 months ago

    Answers a ton of questions for a non pilot who wears polarized glass and loses sight of my auto gauges.... Thanks

  • Chaos
    Chaos 4 months ago +1

    Right before you were going to say that the video was sponsored by GlassesUSA, I got an advertisement for GlassesUSA

  • f x
    f x 4 months ago

    Which country are you from UK,Australia ? You look British but have that Australian flair to your accent

  • deborshi kashyap
    deborshi kashyap 4 months ago +8

    are pilots allowed to listen music during cruise

    • 9292O98
      9292O98 19 days ago +1

      ​+nGon- Surgeons are allowed to play music while they are operating because surgeries don't often require surgeons to pay close attention to audio instructions that are read very fast. As long as the music isn't so loud that a surgeon can't hear what the nurses are saying or he/she is distracted, he for sure can listen to music while operating.
      But for pilots, they need to constantly pay attention to any incoming message/ instructions from the ATC/ other aircrafts/ etc. If you receive an ATC's instructions while listening to music, are you sure that you can immediately snap back to pay full attention to what ATC is saying? Are you sure you won't miss any information?

      THE ROBBER Month ago +1

      +nGon- Well the thing is, if a plane suddenly goes out of control, the pilot needs to be able snap back to action mode. If he's listening to music, then he might not make the best decisions cos he's distracted. Surgeons don't need to be in a state of total concentration since they are cutting open a homo sapien not flying an A380 or smth.

    • nGon-
      nGon- 4 months ago

      I would think so. I mean even surgeons often play music during operation, at their own discretion, and are trusted with knowing for themselves when to turn it off if they feel like it distracts them. If surgeons can be trusted with that during important operations, pilots should too, during steady flight. I'd think pilots do have to be ready to listen to communications at any moment, buy it's really easy to pause the music automatically.
      The only two reasons I could then think of why they might not be allowed to listen to music is either 1) it might cause hearing damage if the headset doesn't provide a good enough seal or 2) radio frequencies from radio stations might interfere with performance and communication, although these days you can of course easily download music so that's no longer a problem.

    • deborshi kashyap
      deborshi kashyap 4 months ago +2

      +HEDGE1011 are u pilot

    • HEDGE1011
      HEDGE1011 4 months ago +1

      deborshi kashyap No.

  • sweet memories
    sweet memories 4 months ago

    Good explain bro. thanks

  • saad chalya
    saad chalya 4 months ago