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July 18th, 2011
09:17 AM ET

Flat faces can't fly

Listen up pugs. You're grounded!

In fact, all flat-faced animals can no longer fly on Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific airline starting Monday.

The ban on Brachycephalic (that's the technical term) dogs and cats stems from health concerns. Their short snouts and snub noses can cause difficulty breathing during air travel.

Cathay Pacific cites " increasing concern in the industry" as a reason for this move. British Airways reportedly has a similar policy in place.

As a pet owner, I can empathize for the problems this will create for many people. But as a proud beagle-lover, I have to wonder why you like such goofy looking animals!

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. The_BORG

    PUGS RULE! Boycott this airline!

    July 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  2. jls

    this is for the better of my two amazingly handsome pugs safety and life!!! if pugs are goofy looking... who was the master-mind behind the puggle???!!!

    July 18, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  3. DaisyandHerPugs

    Melissa,
    You've obviously never had a pug. First of all, if you like the feistiness of a beagle, you would not like a pug. I would never have a beagle. Instead of maligning other people's tastes, you should realize that dogs are just like colors. Some people like blue, some yellow, some red. Report the news and leave your personal opinion out of it.

    July 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Reply

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