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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  • Trans-pac Import
    Trans-pac Import 2 minutes ago

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  • Suman Tiwari
    Suman Tiwari Day ago

    "Dear friends and followers"...
    The best catch phrase ever.

    ABHIJIT DAS 3 days ago

    Nice video captain. Thanks for sharing this now we can know why polarised sun glasses not allowed in aviation

  • Li Vieira
    Li Vieira 6 days ago +1

    Captain, I love your voice ♡

  • Jullian Tadena
    Jullian Tadena 7 days ago +1

    Nice Video Capt. joe!

  • Neil Maulas
    Neil Maulas 9 days ago

    This channel teaches me alot of aviation things and i plan to be a pilot one day im still 11 years old

  • Luca González-Upadhyay

    what is the communication between the pilot and the tower in you intro?

  • Oby-1
    Oby-1 11 days ago

    My eyeglass provider only offers polarized lenses. I tried getting only sunglasses(prescription) but could only get the polarized. There are most screens that are blocked by this. Very annoying and dangerous.

  • jeffiel ian acuna
    jeffiel ian acuna 12 days ago

    im an accountant and not a pilot but i already watched all your videos. i learned a lot.

  • Richard Conner
    Richard Conner 15 days ago


  • Richard Daugherty
    Richard Daugherty 18 days ago

    Thanks, Captain Joe! Now I understand why I can't see the radio panesl in my car (both built-in and my ham radio mobile)!

  • James Merritt
    James Merritt 19 days ago

    I love having polarized lenses when I'm out on the boat. I can see into the water better than anyone without them, but I have to take them off to look at my phone or any other lcd screen. Now I know why! Thanks!

  • PropBoyGinge
    PropBoyGinge 20 days ago

    Why are you calling yourself Captain when you're wearing SFO epaulettes?

    • PropBoyGinge
      PropBoyGinge 15 days ago

      +Ali ibrahim SFO = Senior First Officer. A pilot who has more than 1500 hours total time and their ATPL is unfrozen.

    • Ali ibrahim
      Ali ibrahim 15 days ago

      may i know what is SFO pleasee 😊

  • Brian Cooney
    Brian Cooney 20 days ago +1

    I fly with polarized sunglasses all the time. Just tilt my head when i need to see an lcd. It's usually faint, tilt your head one way, it gets brighter, tilt the other way, it disappears. The glare reduction is worth it to me

  • Funky HD
    Funky HD 22 days ago

    What airline do u work at?

    GENERAL ROMEL 22 days ago +1

    when you fly bro??
    All is you just making videos so there is not enough time to fly so what are you doing??

    GENERAL ROMEL 22 days ago

    when you fly bro??
    All is you just making videos so there is not enough time to fly so what are you doing??

  • Rabin KC
    Rabin KC 23 days ago

    wow...i was doing that with my polarized glasses and got shocked!!

  • Anonymous Devestator
    Anonymous Devestator 23 days ago +2

    Captain joe, best how to pilot 2019

  • Dylan Harbour
    Dylan Harbour 23 days ago

    where is captin joe from

  • King Dingaling
    King Dingaling 23 days ago

    Why is Captain Joe wearing First Officer epaulettes?

  • Uday Singh
    Uday Singh Month ago


  • シシャキール
    シシャキール Month ago

    This man will get 1M subs one day ❤

  • Paul Rodriguez C
    Paul Rodriguez C Month ago

    Where can i find your music Joe? I would love to hear one of your sets

  • Zakster stroyer
    Zakster stroyer Month ago

    im scared I won't pass my ppl do u have any advice

  • Aus Bare
    Aus Bare Month ago

    I will be getting polarized sun glasses to watch TV just for fun.

  • Pilot 204
    Pilot 204 Month ago

    I live in the 🇺🇸

  • Gazibo Games
    Gazibo Games Month ago

    Im only 13 but these videoes are so interesting! Cant stop watching them. Keep it up Joe!

  • Graeme McFee
    Graeme McFee Month ago

    Bollocks stickers jo boy

  • B Dubs
    B Dubs Month ago

    Hey I hear Stellardrone! Good choice and good vid :)

    WHYGAMEWHY Month ago

    Is it just me or does he look a lot like Dr.Mike?

  • MaltaMcMurchy
    MaltaMcMurchy Month ago

    You rock, Captain Joe! 🎸

  • 375tommyg
    375tommyg Month ago

    Another very important issue with polarized sunglasses in aircraft is the it can make traffic (other aircraft) disappear. When sunlight bounces off the wing of an airplane it becomes polarized just as Capt Joe said when it bounces off a lake or other flat surface. If you tilt your head so your polarized sunglasses are perpendicular to the polarized light reflecting off another planes wing it becomes invisible. I have demonstrated that to passengers wearing polarized glasses by asking the to tilt their head. Visible aircraft immediately become invisible.

  • James Symmonds
    James Symmonds Month ago

    A little late I know but don't wear polarized sunglasses where ice and snow is involved. The glare off ice is what helps us identify it. Remove the glare and suddenly it is harder to spot.

  • Blu BoX
    Blu BoX Month ago

    I got ads for polarised sunglasses on this

  • Robert Camiller 43 Vlogs Is The Best

    In the top corner there is a thing to buy polarized sunglasses lol 😂

  • GVike
    GVike 2 months ago


  • Gohar Sheikh
    Gohar Sheikh 2 months ago

    Thankyou Capt Joe Thats Great Video

  • xc5647321 xc5647321
    xc5647321 xc5647321 2 months 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 2 months ago

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

    • Sean Wright
      Sean Wright 2 months ago

      and your comment explains a whole lot more

  • Domenico Modugno
    Domenico Modugno 2 months ago

    Where are italian subtitels ?

  • Arturo Javier Valls
    Arturo Javier Valls 2 months 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 2 months ago

    Commercial bitch...
    ...was so nice

  • Just.Observer
    Just.Observer 2 months ago

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

  • U F
    U F 2 months ago

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

  • Javier Murcia
    Javier Murcia 2 months 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 2 months 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.

  • Basil Ibrahim
    Basil Ibrahim 2 months 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 2 months ago

    Nice video man!

  • zero2zero4
    zero2zero4 2 months ago

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

  • AimPoint
    AimPoint 2 months ago

    Do they make Maui Jim sunglasses that are not polarized?

  • Meesie Gamer
    Meesie Gamer 2 months ago

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

  • Mitchell Jack
    Mitchell Jack 2 months ago

    Just wear them you coward

  • Sander Wåge
    Sander Wåge 2 months ago

    Captain Joe DJ and a Pilot 😮 amazing

  • Ben Green
    Ben Green 2 months ago

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

  • Rob 351
    Rob 351 2 months ago

    Very informative 👍

  • Donnie Darko
    Donnie Darko 3 months 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 3 months 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 2 months ago

      Carlos Botero ray bans. Its cliche but it works

  • Honey Sheen
    Honey Sheen 3 months ago

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

  • hansy3
    hansy3 3 months 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 2 months ago

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

  • Salman Alqahtani
    Salman Alqahtani 3 months ago

    I want his seed in me

  • Pissy Soles
    Pissy Soles 3 months ago

    Glasses you say .com

  • Ray Harkins
    Ray Harkins 3 months ago

    Great explanation Joe.

  • Paul LostRubys
    Paul LostRubys 3 months ago

    Marry me.

  • Jane Carott
    Jane Carott 3 months ago

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

  • Airbus Fan
    Airbus Fan 3 months 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.

  • Akizz Animations
    Akizz Animations 3 months ago

    This is a science lesson as well O_O

  • AimPoint
    AimPoint 3 months ago

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

  • Thomas Prosser
    Thomas Prosser 3 months 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 3 months ago

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

  • Foothills NZ Taka
    Foothills NZ Taka 3 months ago

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

  • HoboGotCash
    HoboGotCash 3 months ago

    Video starts at 0:38

  • Akshaj Murhekar
    Akshaj Murhekar 3 months ago

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

  • Johnathon Reyes
    Johnathon Reyes 3 months ago

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

  • Tyrone Walker
    Tyrone Walker 3 months 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 4 months ago

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

  • Andy Harris Golf
    Andy Harris Golf 4 months ago

    Just recently found your channel Joe. Awesome content!

  • behinderteleberwurst
    behinderteleberwurst 4 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 4 months ago

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

  • omar mohammed
    omar mohammed 4 months ago

    Best explanation ever heard regarding this topic

  • John Skiggs
    John Skiggs 4 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 4 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 4 months ago


  • Robert Autry
    Robert Autry 4 months ago

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

  • Meshageria Bezabih
    Meshageria Bezabih 4 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 4 months ago

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

  • n0ckter
    n0ckter 4 months ago

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

  • jlastre
    jlastre 4 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 4 months ago

    Polarized windshield

  • Carol Levine
    Carol Levine 4 months ago

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

  • Wyndham Coffman
    Wyndham Coffman 4 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 5 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 5 months ago

    You deserve 1m subs rly

  • Fortnite Stuff
    Fortnite Stuff 5 months ago +8

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

    Come on TVclip!

    • Susan Tunney
      Susan Tunney 5 days ago

      Most of the sunglasses available through Glasses USA are NOT polarized. Many, however, can be made with prescription lenses if you need correction.

  • FPV Finn
    FPV Finn 5 months ago

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

  • Lukas Polig
    Lukas Polig 5 months ago

    Where are you comming from?

  • Meganeura*
    Meganeura* 5 months ago

    Just what i thought!

  • Abdul Basit
    Abdul Basit 5 months ago

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

  • Sasuke Uchiha
    Sasuke Uchiha 5 months ago

    had no idea ...