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I wonder if passengers could receive an expired life vest because who else would they give to.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Stack Exchange. Are you asking how you can get an expired life vest because you would like to own one? From the title, I thought you were asking how passengers could be mistakenly given expired life vests to use in emergency situations. $\endgroup$ – Terran Swett Feb 20 at 17:52
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    $\begingroup$ I think the poster wants to try one out, just as shown in this video about Aircraft Life Vest Full Detailed Demonstration. But yes, @TerranSwett, the title is ambiguous. $\endgroup$ – PerlDuck Feb 20 at 18:20
  • $\begingroup$ If you want one, try eBay - there are plenty available. $\endgroup$ – Fiddlesticks Feb 20 at 20:41
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You can buy aircraft life vests pretty inexpensively for the purpose of having one or seeing how they work.

There are a bunch of used ones for sale on eBay, they may have been taken from planes over the years or they may just find their way into circulation after being removed (before being trashed).

Some of them get upcycled/recycled into other things so they presumably enter circulation at some point.

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