CHICAGO — How does an alligator get to the airport?
By taking the Blue Line.
The CTA on Tuesday night released images of a woman who was seen boarding a Blue Line train with an alligator in hand early in the morning on Nov. 1.
Later that day, an alligator was found hiding under a Terminal 3 escalator at O'Hare International Airport. The alligator was taken into the care of the Chicago Herpetological Society.
Working with police and an image posted on social media, CTA officials combed their security camera network to find out how the alligator ended up there, according to a CTA statement.
Based on the footage, a woman with an alligator in hand entered an O'Hare-bound train at 1:17 a.m. that day from the Pulaski Blue Line station.
Cameras inside the train caught the woman holding the alligator and showing it off to fellow passengers.
The woman was seen exiting the train at 2:17 a.m., after arriving at O'Hare.
She was later seen on cameras at 2:44 a.m. near the O'Hare CTA station's turnstiles, but without a reptile.
No one has been arrested in connection with the incident. The CTA is requesting anyone with information about the woman's identity to contact (888) 968-7282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.