PDA checking for uplink clarification of clarification

Despite there being 2 separate answers pertaining to the topic of checking a PDA by security, there is still immense confusion among players about what is metagaming.

I’ve had the following answers quoted to me as evidence that opening a PDA and clicking “settings” to check what apps are on it is metagaming. Despite the answers talking about ringtones. I believe a clearer, more succinct clarification would help here. Or perhaps I am wrong and it is me who completely misunderstood the answers below.



The clarification has been updated to better address this question


Checking programs/settings on a PDA is not metagaming. Security is expected to have more of a reason for this than a random bag check, but doesn’t need nearly as much of a reason as they would to test ringtones.