With the recent scare, airlines have now adapted new security measures. So no hand luggage apart from the following in plastic bags:
I wonder if my dad can bring is medicated spray for his heart condition, it's for emergency use only. Probably need a doctor's letter with it or something. But I cannot imagine anyone would like to have their laptops placed in the cargo hold! Imagine all the baggage handlers, chucking the bags all over the place! I'm glad we came back from Stockholm this past Monday, Dublin airport is mad. Mick was carrying a laptop. And we had laptops to/from HK as well 2 months ago. This is pure insane. Imagine your typical business/first class traveller be might annoyed if they cannot carry on any of their equipment, especially their laptop. Boy, long journeys will be so not fun now without my DS or iPod.
Here are a few airlines that fly to Hong Kong that you should be aware of (although it seems to be exactly the same on what you can and cannot bring into the cabin):