There are few things that qualify as universal experiences: we all need to eat, we all need to pay taxes, and we all hate the TSA.

But recently, the performance of the TSA has found an all-time low, leaving travelers stranded overnight in airports due to hours-long waits for security screenings.

The disruptions have become so serious that airlines are considering hiring private firms to perform security checks, ousting the government agency.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com