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!