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1. WO2007009106 - SECURE LIFE VEST CONTAINER

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WHAT IS CLAIMED IS:

1. A life vest container, comprising:
a hollow housing defining a storage volume adapted to receive a flotation device, said housing having an opening communicating with said storage volume; and
a cover attached to said container and moveable between a closed position in which it enclosing said opening, and an open position in which said opening is accessible;
means for attaching said housing to a passenger seat; and
means for securing said cover in said closed position;
wherein at least a portion of said housing or said cover is sufficiently light-transmissive to allow observation of the condition of a flotation device disposed within said storage volume.

2. The life vest container of claim 1 , wherein said housing is a molded plastic one-piece assembly having a top wall, a bottom wall, spaced-apart side walls, and a rear wall;
said top wall extends past said rear wall to define at least one rear mounting tab having an opening therethrough;
at least one front mounting boss having a hole therethrough extends upwards from said top wall.

3. The life vest container of claim 2, wherein said cover includes a rearwardly-extending tongue which overlies said top wall in said closed position.

4. The life vest container of claim 3 wherein one of said housing and said tongue includes a locking slot formed therethrough; and
the other of said housing and said tongue includes a protruding locking boss formed therein, said locking boss adapted to engage said locking slot to retain said cover in a closed position.

5. The life vest container of claim 1 further including:

- 0965/210PCT Page 8 - a security boss having a hole therethrough carried by said housing; and
a security tab having a hole therethrough carried by said cover, wherein said second hole aligns with said first hole so as to receive a security seal therethrough.

6. The life vest container of claim 1 wherein said housing and said cover comprise transparent polycarbonate material.

7. The life vest container of claim 1 wherein said container is adapted to be mounted to a passenger seat when said cover is in said closed position.

8. The life vest container of claim 3 further comprising: a flotation device disposed inside of said container, said flotation device having an elongated deployment strap attached thereto;
wherein said deployment strap is routed through said housing and over said tongue so as to apply an upwards and outwards force to said cover tongue when said deployment strap is pulled.

9. A passenger seat frame assembly, comprising:
at least two spaced-apart leg modules;
spaced-apart forward and aft transverse beams extending laterally between said leg modules, said beam having an external surface; and
a life vest container attached to said seat frame, said life vest container comprising:
a hollow housing defining a storage volume, said housing having an opening communicating with said storage volume; and
a cover attached to said container and moveable between a closed position in which it enclosing said opening, and an open position in which said opening is accessible;
means for securing said cover in said closed position;
wherein at least a portion of said housing or said cover is sufficiently light-transmissive to allow observation of the contents of said storage volume.

- 0965/210PCT Page 9 - 10. The seat frame assembly of claim 1, wherein said open-ended container is a molded plastic one-piece assembly having a top wall, a bottom wall, spaced-apart side walls, and a rear wall;
said top wall extends past said rear wall to define at least one rear mounting tab having an opening therethrough;
at least one front mounting boss having a hole therethrough extends upwards from said top wall.

11. The seat frame assembly of claim 10, wherein said cover includes a rearwardly-extending tongue which overlies said top wall in said closed position.

12. The seat frame assembly of claim 11 wherein one of said housing and said tongue includes a locking slot formed therethrough; and
the other of said housing and said tongue includes a protruding locking boss formed therein, said locking boss adapted to engage said locking slot to retain said cover in a closed position.

13. The seat frame assembly of claim 10 further including:
a security boss having a hole therethrough carried by said housing;
a security tab having a hole therethrough carried by said cover, wherein said second hole aligns with said first hole; and
a security seal passing through said first and second holes.

14. The seat frame assembly of claim 10 wherein said housing and said cover comprise transparent polycarbonate material.

15. The seat frame assembly of claim 10 wherein said container is adapted to be mounted to said transverse beams when said cover is in said closed position.

16. The seat frame assembly of claim 11 further comprising: a flotation device disposed inside of said container, said flotation device having an elongated deployment strap attached thereto;
wherein said deployment strap is routed through said housing and over

- 0965/210PCT PaQe IO - said tongue so as to apply an upwards and outwards force to said cover tongue when said deployment strap is pulled.

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