Are your pilot’s sunglasses polarized?  Hopefully not.

Polarized sunglasses filter out light at certain angles.  Anyone can benefit from this filtering by having much less glare especially from reflected light.   A fun way to see if your current sunglasses are polarized is at the gas station or ATM machine.  Look at the pump LCD display with your sunglasses on, and without moving your eyes off of the display, tilt your head back and forth between both shoulders.  If you notice that the screen blackens out, then your sunglasses are polarized.   This is a great concern for pilots. The FAA recommends against pilots wearing polarized sunglasses as some of the instrumentation as well as the cockpit windows may have significant visual distortion, color changes or blackening out of view.

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