07/23/2015 10:07 EDT | Updated 07/23/2016 05:59 EDT

Pakistani-Canadian Denied Flight Lesson Loses Case Against Bombardier


OTTAWA - Canada's highest court has sided with Bombardier in a discrimination case that originated south of the border involving a Canadian pilot.

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the Montreal-based company did not discriminate against Javed Latif, a Canadian of Pakistani origin, when it denied him a training course on one of its jets.

It's the first time the high court has heard a discrimination case based on allegations of racism stemming from a decision made by a foreign authority.

In 2004, Bombardier refused to provide training to Latif, who held valid lifetime pilot's licenses in Canada and the United States, because U.S. authorities declared him a threat to aviation security.

Latif had applied to take a training course offered by Bombardier in Texas after he was offered a job to pilot a Challenger 604.

At the same time, he applied for a security check as required by the U.S. Alien Flight Students Program.

But in April 2004, Bombardier was notified that Latif had been denied permission to take the course in Dallas.