Airport boards are often filled with people whom don’t fly. Worse, those same people don’t have any kind of financial stake in the success of the airport or the businesses. They may be volunteers or they may be paid some. Either way, it is the rare airport board member that will question the FAA, the TSA, or any other federal agency that wants to manage the airport by remote control.
That is obviously bad because you can be certain that the bureaucrats within the federal government have absolutely no professional interest in the success or failure of an individual airport. I’ve heard several times from FAA staffers that they are ‘above economic concerns.’ Great. Who is going to represent the businesses or pilots if the airport management won’t do it, the airport authority won’t do it or the feds won’t do it?
Here is a story about how the TSA is managing to screw up another airport with no pushback from the management of the airport itself.