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Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines aviation.

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Carbon Offsets Mask Aviation Industry’s Lack of Green Alternatives: Carbon offsetting is by and large a con. The idea that rather than reducing environmentally harmful activities you can simply outsource the solution is ridiculous.

Israel’s El Al Airlines Tries to Reinvent Itself for the Modern Era: Some national flag airlines no longer have a commercial purpose and probably should go out of business. El Al is not one of those carriers. Tourism in the airline’s Israel home market is booming, and El Al should be able to ride the wave.

Boeing CEO to Business Travel Execs: Trust Us, 737 Max Is Safe Now: Boeing is going to have to do more than apologize to make travelers comfortable with taking the risk of flying on the 737 Max when it returns to service. Travel buyers and managers, too, are unlikely to ignore the risk with their jobs at stake.

Southwest Expands Booking Access for Business Travelers: This is a big step for the airline, which has historically kept its inventory off nearly all global distribution systems, online travel agencies, and corporate booking tools.

United Partners With Clear to Give Elite Frequent Flyers Discounted Screening: This partnership is good news for United’s most frequent customers. But will the deal between Clear and United enable the tech company to get a leg up on TSA PreCheck’s dominance?

Skift Global Forum Preview: Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith Reveals How He’s Winning Over Labor: Air France-KLM has been content with the status quo for a long time. Under new CEO Ben Smith, that’s changing. But is it too much change, too fast?

Photo Credit: Offsets don't effectively address the aviation industry's problem of carbon emissions. Bloomberg