Abagnale says (emphasis added):
(trash): Bypass a piece of code gate ice currently being encountered, even if it has strength greater than Abagnale.
Does that imply that this ability is usable at 3.1 in the run (when icebreakers are used)? Or does “currently being encountered” correspond to the same timing as Femme (the “when-encountered” condition at 3 in the run).
My reading is that it is a paid ability (the colon is a dead giveaway), not a triggered effect (on-encounter) with an associated cost, like Femme’s bypass ability. So, the only place it makes sense to be able to use it is 3.1, after on-encounter effects have resolved. So, you cannot use Abagnale to avoid the 3-credit tax from tollbooth, you can’t use lustig to avoid a data raven tag, and you can’t use demara to avoid an IP Block tag.
Is that right?
edit: and to be clear, if it was phrased like “When you encounter a code gate, you may trash Abagnale to bypass it,” it would work like Femme. It’s not, so it doesn’t.