I started wondering about this in part because I'm in the middle of defending Getsu Fune with most of my fleet - the attacks are relentless for some reason - and I've largely been ignoring the bailed ships as I wanted to stay in the action. Also, fights can turn out VERY differently depending on whether the player is IS or not, M7M become useless when the player is away, so to utilise them you need to stick around.
Remote commands would allow me to stay in the fight, while sending claimed ships back for stripping. It'd not be risk-free as any Tug would potentially come under attack.
I used to use a mod that allowed for remote ship claiming when I was using the Rebalance mod. It didn't seem over powered or take anything away from the game, rather it allowed me to multi-task. So, I could claim a juicy bailed ship while still mid-mission elsewhere for example.
Edit: Using an Aran works quite well. I have three Magnetars assigned as Tugs homebased there, and they unload any claimed Fighters quite happily. I just wish we had a TM class ship that could pick up TS, TM and M6 class ships.
Oh, the Aran performs automatic repairs of course, hence why I use it